Autumn England, from Minnesota, United States, began playing cello at age 11. She has studied with Nicholas Trygstad, Norman Fischer, Stephen Geber, Richard Weiss, Melissa Kraut, Emma Ferrand, Matt Haimovitz, Peter Howard, and Joseph Johnson, and has played in masterclasses with Raphael Wallfisch, Ralph Kirshbaum, Karine Georgian, Miklos Perenyi, and Hannah Roberts. She has traveled the United States and Canada to attend summer festivals including Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute, Domaine Forget, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Kent Blossom Music Festival, where Ms. England performed with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Ms. England has been awarded honors including the Helen Mackaness Award and the George Stanger Music Trust Bursary at the RNCM, the Emerson Scholarship representing the state of Minnesota at Interlochen, the Herbert and Helen Allen Scholarship and the M. G. Johnston Scholarship (a four year scholarship totaling $40,000) at Rice University, the National Trustees’ Fellowship at the Kennedy Center, First Place in the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition, and Third Place in the Minnesota Public Radio Young Artists Concerto Competition. Other awards include the Marion S. Hargrove Prize, the Elizabeth Aldridge Wells Scholarship, the Kattie Walter Hubert Scholarship, the P. and C. Carroll Prize, and the Alice W. Carter Scholarship.
Autumn is an accomplished performer and has experience in solo performance as well as chamber music and orchestral playing. She founded the Athene Quartet in 2013 and was a member of the Rosa Mundi Baroque Ensemble at the RNCM. Autumn has performed as a freelance cellist with the Ballet West Orchestra, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, and the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra. She was a member of the Fargo Moorhead Symphony, a professional orchestra, for two years, and was also accepted as a member of the Yorkshire Philharmonic cello section.
Ms. England graduated with honors from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music cum laude. She recently finished a Master of Music in cello performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Ms. England loves to teach cello and share the joy of music with her students as well as with audiences all over the world. She lives in Salt Lake City Utah with her cello, which was made in Connecticut in 2004 by the American luthier Lawrence Wilke.