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Alanna Tonetti-Tieppo

Sub-Principal, 2nd Violin


The Tilling Chair

Alanna Tonetti-Tieppo, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, has been living in the UK since 2008. During this time, she has performed as a soloist, and chamber musician across the country, as well as France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, and Spain. Then in 2015, Alanna was appointed Sub-Principal 2nd Violin in Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Chamber music has always been a passion for Alanna- this being what inspired her to pursue a career in music- so naturally chamber music, and specifically string quartet playing became a major part of her life when she first moved to the UK. Then in 2010, she joined the Jubilee String Quartet. The London based quartet were prize winners at the 2013 Trondheim International String Quartet Competition, and are also recipients of the Park Lane Group Artists Award, the Hattori Foundation Award, Tillet Trust Award, and the Worship Company of Musicians Maisie Lewis Award which resulted in two Wigmore Hall performances and a Purcell Room performance at the Southbank Centre. They are also winners of the Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition (2011), the Philharmonia Orchestra MMSF Charles Henderson Ensemble Award (2012), and the St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition (2013) as well as Leverhulme Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music from 2012-13.

Alanna began playing the violin at the age of four through her school music programme in Mrs. Hamilton’s class. In 2004, she began studying at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts with Professor Magdalena Richter and in 2008 was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, in London. There she studied under Professors Lydia Mordkovitch, and Remus Azoitei and in 2014, Alanna completed her Master’s of Music degree with distinction at the Royal College of Music in London, as a Leverhulme Scholar, under Professor Jan Repko.