Lydia Sewell is a Kiwi-American violinist from Madison, WI. Prior to moving to Auckland, she toured around the world with Holland America Line, performing with Lincoln Center Stage, a musical fusion piano quintet. A substitute violinist for the Auckland Philharmonia, Ms. Sewell has also served as an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has played with the Pittsburgh Ballet, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, as well as the Elgin, Wheeling, South Bend, Quad Cities, and Illinois Symphony Orchestras in. Ms. Sewell made her solo debut in 2009 with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing the Barber Concerto as a winner of their concerto competition. In 2016, she made her West Coast concert debut performing a commissioned work by Townsend Losey with the Los Angeles based choral ensemble, Ensoma. More recently completed a tour of China performing, lecturing and giving masterclasses for the online music education company Discover Melody.
Ms. Sewell received her Masters in Violin Performance on full scholarship from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she served as both Concertmaster and Principal Second. In 2011, she received her Bachelors in Violin Performance from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, where she served as Concertmaster for the University Choir and Orchestra and Principal Second in the APU symphony. Ms. Sewell has studied with Gene Purdue, Alex Russell, Lorenz Gamma, and Rachel and Charles Stegeman, and has had master classes with Ilya Kaler, Hagai Shaham, Soh-Hyun Altino, Henning Kraggerud, and Rachel Barton Pine.