Marian Givens

Marian Givens

After completing her education in Salisbury, Marian studied privately with Diana Cummings whilst reading music at Royal Holloway University of London. She went on to finish her studies at The Royal Academy of Music, gaining the LRAM (teaching) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance.

After a few years of teaching and freelance work Marian travelled to Sweden and Spain to participate in master classes with renowned violinist Igor Ozim and a rather perceptive Romanian called Bogdan Zvoristeanu. It was after this that Marian was involved in a case of mistaken identity – namely being taken for a Spanish boy with the same name – and somehow ended up working in the opera house in Valencia, Palau de les arts, for six months under the direction of Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. This was a fairly daunting experience, but affirmed her desire to play to a higher level – so on her return to the UK, feeling battered and bruised from the laser stare of Mehta, she embarked on further study with concert violinist and Academy Professor Remus Azoitei.

Marian currently enjoys a varied career mixing orchestral, chamber, session and West End work. She is a regular member of the Bristol Ensemble and the Heritage Orchestra and has toured with pop acts such as Marc Almond and Eméli Sandé.

Along with her husband, Peter Davis, she directs the Westminster Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions in concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Chausson, and Mendelssohn.