Oscar Perks – Violin
Sunday 21 August 2022
Oscar not only triumphed over the immense technical difficulties but also gave a coherent and committed account of the whole work…he was on commanding form.” The Tab
Oscar enjoys a varied career as a violinist and chamber musician, while also pursuing an interest in composing and arranging. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Dante String Quartet, sharing the role of first and second violin. Major projects with the quartet have included performances of the complete Beethoven and completed Shostakovich Quartet cycles, and a venture to record all of Stanford’s eight string Quartets.
Having started playing the violin at the age of five, Oscar was awarded a place to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School three years later where he had violin lessons with Hu Kun and Simon Fischer. Oscar went on to read music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he studied composition with Robin Holloway. He then gained his masters at the Royal College of Music under Lutsia Ibragimova.
Oscar has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist at many leading London venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Kings Place. His performance of “Above earth’s shadow” by Michael Finnissy was broadcast live on BBC radio three.
In addition to his work as a performer, Oscar coaches chamber music at the Guildhall school of music and drama, and also teaches violin at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He also directs a summer chamber music festival in Langvad, Denmark, which takes place every year in July.