Emma Parker graduated in 2005 from the Royal Academy of Music in London with first class honours degrees in both undergraduate and postgraduate performance. She was a pupil of Howard Davis of the Alberni Quartet, and Marianne Thorsen of the Nash Ensemble and the Leopold Trio.
Aside from the Badke Quartet, Emma enjoys a busy and varied freelance career. In 2013 she was appointed principal 2nd violin with the Manchester Camerata. She also performs with chamber orchestras such as the Aurora Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia, Heritage Orchestra and the Weinberger Kammerorchester. Her symphonic work includes the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and BBC Philharmonic.
Emma also studied period performance whilst at the RAM with Nicolette Moonen, and always loves to perform on gut strings. She has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Jonathan Cohen’s Arcangelo.
Emma is in much demand as a session player and also enjoys collaborations with other chamber ensembles, including Ensemble 360, Acoustic Triangle and the Honeymead Ensemble with Tamsin Waley-Cohen.
She plays on a Pietro Giovanni Guarneri (1655–1720) violin, kindly on loan from a private donor.