Russian-British violinist Dunja Lavrova began her music education at St Petersburg's School for Exceptionally Gifted Children, in class of Vera Dobrynina and moved to U.K. when she won a full scholarship to study at The Yehudi Menuhin School in class of Natasha Boyarsky and, later, Maciej Rakowski.
She won a prize at her first competition (Mravinsky Competition in St Petersburg) at the age of 10, and by the age of 11 had already toured Germany and Peru, performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with St Petersburg's leading orchestras and won a special prize at the Shostakovitch Competition in Hannover.
Upon graduation from the Yehudi Menuhin School, Dunja continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski under full scholarship at the Royal College of Music and subsequently graduated with Tagore Gold Medal, presented to her by HRH Prince Charles. Whilst a student, she has won numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Young Artist of the Year at the Arts Club (presented by David Attenborough) in 2004. The event took place at The Arts Club and was broadcast on Russian National Television.
Dunja has performed as a soloist at the St Petersburg Philharmonia Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Gallery, Kings Place, St John's Smith Square and Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and Soho Jazz club as well as at numerous other concerts and festivals around the U.K., Europe, Russia and South America.
She has also performed violin concertos with various orchestras, including Russian National Television and Radio Orchestra, The Concert Orchestra of St Petersburg, English Symphony Orchestra, Russian Virtuosi of Europe, Kent Sinfonia, King's Chamber Orchestra (London), Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, London Concertante and others.
As a chamber musician, she has given recitals at various prestigious venues In 2014 she signed a record deal with Solo Musica/ Naxos to record her debut solo album, “My Dusty Gramophone”. The album is now available worldwide and has already received many positive reviews and much media attention