Born in Stockholm, Lydia Hillerudh started playing the cello at the age of seven under the guidance of Elisabeth Lysell-Bjermkvist.
In 2012, Lydia was awarded a scholarship to study for her Bachelor’s degree with professor Mats Lidström at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with a first class honours degree in 2016. She graduated with Distinction from her Master of Arts degree in 2017, also awarded from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with renowned cellist Robert Cohen. She was a Worswick scholar during her Master studies, and was also awarded the Sir John Barbirolli Prize at the Academy in 2014. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 with contemporary chamber music ensemble ‘An Assembly’.
2019 will see her perform solo and chamber music recitals around the UK, as well as performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with Zoë Kundu and Wyatt Sinfonia in August.
A passionate chamber musician, Lydia is the cellist of the prize-winning Tritium Trio, of which she is a founding member, together with clarinetist Jernej Albreht and pianist Joseph Havlat. They won the Harold Craxton prize in 2017 and the Isaacs/Pirani Trio prize in 2015, and were selected as Park Lane Group Young Musicians for the 2015/16 season. They were also awarded the Audience Prize at the coveted St-Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition in 2017, and they held the prestigious post as Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music for the 2017/18 season. The Tritiums regularly perform across London and the UK, with recent concert appearances in venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and Colston Hall in Bristol. They have recently recorded their first CD at Turner Sims in Southampton, which includes music by John McCabe, John Ireland, Giles Easterbrook, and Kenneth Leighton. The CD is set to be released by Prima Facie Records in 2019.
Last summer, the Tritium Trio performed and gave chamber music coaching at Dartington International Festival and Summer School, as well as working with Eleanor Aalberga and on the advanced chamber music composition course. They will return to Dartington in 2019 to perform, teach, and again work on the advanced composition course with Harrison Birtwistle.
Lydia is also a returning artist to the Romsey Chamber Music Festival in Hampshire.
Lydia's other frequent chamber music partners include Douglas Gould, piano, Cristian Sandrin, piano, Patrycja Mynarska, violin, Aleksandra Myslek, piano, and André Pereira, violin.
Lydia is a sought-after teacher, and teaches weekly on the Primary Years Programme at Centre for Young Musicians (division of the Guildhall school of Music), St Albans Music Academy, and London Music Masters, as well as teaching an ever-expanding class of private cello students across London. Lydia has also been invited to guest teach at Lilla Akademien, Stockholm, as well as giving masterclasses. She has also been involved in the development of the charity Play for Progress’s newly founded therapeutic music programme for unaccompanied refugee minors.
Lydia is also an avid arranger, having had her arrangements for cello- and string ensembles played across the UK and Scandinavia. Currently, she is working on a very special arrangement for the Tritium Trio.
When Lydia is not playing the cello, she spends her time reading books, attempting gardening, and arranging music for herself and her six younger cello-playing sisters to play together!