Caroline Dearnley studied at the Royal College of Music with Joan Dickson and subsequently with William Pleeth, winning every cello prize. A full and varied career quickly followed. While Caroline’s career encompasses many aspects of music-making, she is best known as a chamber musician and soloist, performing and recording chamber music with many leading ensembles.
She has been principal cello with Britten Sinfonia since 1992 and has seen it grow into the vibrant and hugely successful ensemble it is today. She gave the British premier of Poul Ruders’ Cello Concerto with the orchestra in 2001 and is a member of the Britten Sinfonia Soloists with groundbreaking residencies in Krakow, Cambridge, Norwich, Birmingham and at the Wigmore Hall. She is also in demand as guest principal cello with many orchestras including the London Sinfonietta and English Chamber Orchestra.
She was a founder member of the Joachim Trio, which recorded extensively for Naxos, ASV and Hyperion and was well known to BBC Radio listeners. Their first two CDs of French music both won the “Editor’s Choice” accolade from Gramophone magazine and CDs of the complete Dvorak, Saint-Saens trios followed.
As a chamber musician she has taken part in all the country’s major festivals, including the International “Artists in Residence” series at the Bath Festival, the festivals at Aldeburgh and Edinburgh, and Robert Cohen’s summer festivals at Charleston Manor.
Caroline plays a Milanese cello, dated 1740. She lives in London with her musician husband and their two daughters.