London City Philharmonic was founded by Olsi Qinami who is the Conductor & Music director of the Orchestra and founding member Chiawen Kiew. The London City Philharmonic is a newly founded orchestra that is dedicated to the exposure of works by lesser known composers (living or deceased) and providing budding composers an opportunity to have their works performed. The London City Philharmonic does this both through concerts that combine lesser known works with more established repertoire, and by recording rarely performed works for posterity. In doing so, the London City Philharmonic supports the musical community by providing performance opportunities to musicians, bringing to light lesser known works, and making such works more approachable by complementing such works with pieces that are familiar to the broader public.
Principal Conductor and Founder of London City Philharmonic Olsi Qinami
Olsi has collaborated with many orchestras and soloists including soloists from the Vienna Philharmonic and orchestras such as: Norwegian Radio Orchestra, National Opera of Albania, BBC Singers, Orchestre Opera de Massy, London Classical Soloists, Orchestre de Chambre de Versailles, University of Arts Philharmonic Orchestra of Albania & Macedonia National Opera Choir, and many others. In 2015 he was awarded the 2nd prize at the International Conducting Competition with the LCS Orchestra in London.
Olsi studied conducting at the “Academy of Arts” in Tirana, Albania. He continued his Conducting Studies in France with Dominique Rouits at the Paris Conservatoire “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris”. He actively participated in master-classes and lessons with, Paavo Jarvi, Ricardo Muti, Johannes Schlaefli, Jorma Panula, Alexander Vedernikov, Maurizio Arena, Howard Williams, Mark Heron, and others.
Penny James is the new Orchestra Concertmaster of London City Philharmonic.
Penny graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is now the leader of the London City Philharmonic and the deputy leader of the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra.
She is a very passionate orchestral violinist and has played with many ensembles including the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in Finland, the Docklands Sinfonia, the Hornton Chamber Orchestra, the London Euphonia Orchestra, the Philharmonia Britannica, the GoodenSemble and currently leads the second violins in the London Incidental Orchestra. She has played under the batons of Sakari Oramo, Jessica Cottis, Roy Goodman, Gerry Cornelius and Diego Masson to name but a few.
As well as pursuing an orchestral career, Penny also dedicates a large portion of her time to teaching violin, piano and cello. She currently teaches as a peripatetic teacher with Stretto Music and has worked with organisations including Animate Orchestra, Greenwich Music Hub, Music Maestros, The Future Music Group, Trinity Laban’s Teenies Group and Boppin’ Bunnies.
Penny has been expanding her portfolio career over the past several years and studies with John Crawford and Clare Thompson. In 2016 she went on an Erasmus Exchange to Finland where she studied with Reijo Tunkkari and Kreeta-Maria Kentala.
Previous Concertmaster of London City Philharmonic, Alina Hiltunen.
Finnish-born Alina has been playing the violin since she was five. She held her first solo recital at the age of 14. She took her degree in music education at the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Finland under the guidance of Dr. Tapani Yrjola, and studied her Master Degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Diana Cummings and Erich Gruenberg, graduating in 2011.
Alina has attended many masterclasses by famous violinists, such as Jack Liebeck, Hu Kun, Almita Vamos and Rodney Friend. She is a member of FeMusa String Orchestra, London Arte Chamber Orchestra and Collaborative Orchestra, and done successful tours to Oman, Azerbaijan, France, Hong Kong, China and Germany. Alina is currently the first violinist of Konvalia String Quartet, and has worked professionally with the Joensuu City Orchestra in Finland and Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. In 2015 she was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia in London and has continued to work with them on numerous occasions.