Daniel Zolinsky - violin from Cherubim Music Trust

A pupil at Trinity School Croydon, Daniel is a Grade 8 violinist, having gained Distinctions in all his exams. He learns with Helena Smart. He also reached G8 on the piano, which he learns with his father Andrew Zolinsky.

Major Awards:

Music Scholarships: Homefield Preparatory School & Trinity School

Specialist Workshops:

Music Makers Summer Orchestral Course (2009-2012), St John’s Orchestral workshop, Kings College Orchestral Day, Trinity School Orchestra Day and Epsom College Strings day.

Chamer Music Master Classes with Maggini Quartet

Orchestral, Chamber and Choral Experience:

Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra –since 2012

Homefield School Orchestra.& Homefield Chamber Choir

Homefield Trio (Winners of Music for Youth 2013)

Cheung Quartet: Finialists Pro Corda 2016

Music Festivals and Prizes:

Homefield House Music Competiton – 2013 & 2012 1st Prize Piano

2013 Reigate and Redhill Music Festival. Gold Medal on Violin. Two Gold Medals on Piano. Gold Medal and Chamber Music Cup for the Homefield Quartet.

2011 – 2015 Sutton Music Festival

2011 Violin – Gold Medal. Winner Junior Violin Cup (Played in Prize winners concert).

2015/14 Violin – Gold Medals. Piano – Gold Medal

2011 Piano – Gold Medal

2010 Violin – Silver Medal. Piano – Silver Medal

2015-2009 Kingston Music Festival

2015 Piano & Violin – Gold Medal for Musical Versatility.

2014 Piano: Gold Medal – Baroque. Silver Medal – Jazz.

2013 Piano: Gold Medal – Own Composition. Silver Medal – Own Choice

2011 Piano: 2 Bronze Medals. Violin: Silver Medal

2009 Piano: Gold Medal – Own choice Duet

Biographical highlights

Daniel has played violin since he was 5, and piano from the age of 7. He is a music scholar at Trinity School in Croydon, performing as a violinist in several school ensembles and orchestras. He is a member of the Cheung string quartet, who were finalists in the Pro Corda chamber music competition 2015, which led to an invitation for the quartet to give three concerts in Venice in October.

Daniel also plays in the Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, and relishes the challenges of the repertoire – currently the 5th Symphony of Sibelius; which they will perform at St. John’s Smith Square.  In 2015 he toured with the orchestra to Malta.

Both on the violin and the piano he has won several first prizes and cups at the Kingston, Sutton and Croydon music festivals. As a pianist he loves to explore a wide repertoire, and particularly enjoys the music of Scarlatti, Bach, Haydn & Chopin. Daniel also enjoys improvising at the piano, especially jazz. He listens to all types of music, both past and present, especially jazz, and particularly Oscar Peterson.

Other than music one of his favourite pastimes is to write stories and film them. He enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing cricket, football and squash. As well as anything that makes him laugh!

In April 2008, Daniel was diagnosed with a low-grade spinal cord tumour. This was operated on and partially removed. It required 18 months of chemotherapy. The long-term prognosis for his condition is very positive. Daniel has coped resiliently with all that he has faced, including pai, the awful side effects of chemotherapy and challenge of learning to walk again. Music has been a great tonic for Daniel and he managed to keep playing both piano and violin throughout his treatment.