Cellist Lydia Hillerudh was born into a musical family in Stockholm, Sweden. She began her cello studies at seven years old with Elisabeth Lysell-Bjermkvist, whom she studied with for twelve years. In 2012, Lydia won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she was mentored by Mats Lidström and Robert Cohen. She graduated with Distinction in 2017.
Lydia is currently active as a chamber musician and soloist, performing often with Tritium Trio (clarinet, cello and piano trio) and Mila Piano Trio (violin, cello and piano trio). She has also performed with other groups, such as Ensemble Mirage, ensemble x.y and An Assembly, and appeared on BBC Radio 3 with the former.
In recent years, she has performed at Romsey Chamber Music Festival, Buxton International Festival and Dartington Summer School and Festival. She has performed cello concertos by Haydn and Elgar with Newbury String Ensemble, Wyatt Sinfonia and the Nordic Youth Orchestra.
2022 will see her perform at Ashwell Music Festival, St Stephen’s South Dulwich Summer Chamber Music series, and return to Romsey Chamber Music Festival, amongst other things.
Lydia has won several prizes with Tritium Trio, including the Harold Craxton Prize and Isaacs/Pirani Trio Prize, as well as the Audience Prize in the coveted St-Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition. She was also awarded the Barbirolli Prize whilst she studied at the Academy.
Lydia is also an avid arranger, having had her arrangements for string- and cello ensembles performed across the UK and all over Scandinavia. Her most recent arrangement is a clarinet trio version of Gershwin’s ’Rhapsody in Blue’, premiered by Tritium Trio in 2021.