Award winning violinist from Spanish and Swiss heritage , Violeta Barrena has performed in many prestigious venues, including The Barbican, The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, LSO St. Lukes, St. John’s Smith Square and St. Martin in the Fields as well as many festivals and venues around the UK and abroad including Australia, Oman, Mexico, France, Chile, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland and Italy.
Violeta started taking violin lessons at the age of four and made her concerto debut aged fourteen. Violeta trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London with teachers Tomotada Soh, Howard Davis and Itzhak Rashkovsky.
She has recorded for EMI, the BBC, Linn Records and Polydor (Universal Music) . She regularly plays with orchestras such as the LCO, ESO, the KVO and on occasions leads ensembles such as Europa Musicale, Vox Vanguard Orchestra and the WHO, an orchestra with charitable aims. She has appeared on numerous Film, TV soundtracks including the famous franchise Alien and the iconic John Lewis Christmas Advert. She is part of chamber duet "Duo Diez" with guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas and frequently collaborates with pianist Ottavia Maria Maceratini.
Violeta has collaborated with artists such as Guy Garvey, Jonny Greenwood, Elbow, Celine Dion, Robbie Williams, Ben Howard, One Eskimo, Eliza Doolittle, Tom Odell, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Pink. Highlight performances include headlining Glastonbury, Hyde Park BST, Corona Capital, Lowlands and the Eden Sessions in Cornwall as well as TV and Radio shows like BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Jools Holland, Graham Norton and The tonight's show starring Jimmy Fallon.
Violeta has started her own charitable initiative - Music Beyond Fontiers - after a few years of outreach work with Live Music Now and the Concordia Foundation. She is currently working on her debut solo violin and viola album, which will explore world premieres, Bach, Ysaye and Bjork to be released with Aldilà records in Germany 2019.
Violeta plays on an Alessandro Gagliano 1725 and a David Bagué i Soler 2015.