Meet WNO

Lowri Porter

Assistant Leader

Born in Cardiff in 1977, Lowri read Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before studying with Howard Davis and Marianne Thorsen at the Royal Academy of Music. During her time at the Academy, Lowri was awarded the DipRAM prize and led the European Union Youth Orchestra. 

Lowri has been with WNO orchestra since 2005. As well as regularly leading for WNO, she has made guest appearances as Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. Before joining WNO, she was Principal 2nd Violin of Northern Ballet Theatre, also playing regularly with the Scottish Ensemble.

Aside from her orchestral work, Lowri is a passionate chamber musician, giving regular concerts as a founder member of the Zoltan Ensemble. She was invited to play at the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival by the Gould Piano Trio in 2016, and on the concert platform recently gave a recital at St David’s Hall in Cardiff as part of their lunchtime series. She is also a dedicated member of the teaching staff at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Lowri’s personal highlights with WNO so far have included a televised performance of Die Meistersinger at the BBC Proms, an electric performance of the Prokofiev Classical Symphony in one of the ‘self-drive’ concerts at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and her first Der Rosenkavalier performances in 2017, an opera which she describes as: 'top of the bucket list for my whole time here, and was a real thrill'.

Lowri plays on a Testore violin, kindly loaned to her by an anonymous donor.