Lauren Steel grew up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and began playing the cello at the age of eight, later studying at Aberdeen City Music School. During this time she performed widely around Aberdeen and on two occasions in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. At the age of 16 Lauren was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange.
Lauren plays in the Jubilee Quartet, 1st prize winners of the Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition 2011, 3rd prize winners in the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2013, 2nd prize winners of the Karol Szymanowski International String Quartet Competition 2014, and the MMSF Charles Henderson Ensemble Award winners 2012. The quartet currently studies with Rainer Schmidt.
Lauren has also given several duo recitals with the Scottish guitarist, Ian Watt. She was the cellist in the Royal Academy of Music’s Manson ensemble, performing works by Knussen and Elliot-Carter at the Aldeburgh Festival, where both composers were present, and is currently a member of the Live Music Now scheme, as part of a cello/piano duo and with her quartet.
She has performed overseas in countries such as Spain, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, the kingdom of Bahrain, and was selected to be one of three ambassadors representing the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
In June 2010 she performed Dvorak’s cello concerto with Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra, and in June 2015 will perform Elgar’s cello concerto with Grampian Youth Orchestra.
Lauren graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a Master of Arts degree (Distinction, DipRAM) after studies with Felix Schmidt, during which she was awarded first prize in the ‘May Muckle’ virtuoso cello prize at the RAM. She is currently on trial with the Philharmonia Orchestra.