Janice Graham portrait, looking left away from camera

Janice Graham


Janice Graham studied at the Purcell School, the Guildhall and the Juilliard School, won scholarships to study at Tanglewood and in 1990 was the Gold Medal Winner of the LSO/Shell competition.

Previously for ENO: Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel, La bohèmeSalome, Acis and Galatea, The Marriage of Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Satyagraha, Rodelinda, Marnie

When did you join?
At the beginning of 2007.

Favourite ENO opera?
My favourite ENO opera is Berg’s Lulu.

Best ENO moment?
It was getting the job!

How did you start?
I started the piano with my mother at 3½  and the violin at 5½, also with her having begged to play it after pretending to play on a wooden spoon with a pencil.

Passion outside of opera?
Outside of classical music, I enjoy sailing and spending time with my family.

Career Highlights

Janice was leader of BBCNOW, with whom she performed the Mendelssohn and Nielsen concertos, and assistant leader of the LSO, participating in its Barbican chamber series with Bashmet and Previn.

She has appeared as guest leader with most of the UK’s leading opera and symphony orchestras, and is Artistic Director of the English Sinfonia. Her work has also embraced many other areas, from contemporary music to chamber music, as well as leading for many film soundtracks. Recordings include Dohnányi’s Second Violin Concerto (ASV), Delius’s First and Second Violin Sonatas and Walton’s Sonata (EMI) and Holst’s solo violin works (Naxos).

Last updated: 24th July 2023