Conor Gricmanis is a young and pioneering Baroque Violinist who combines his passions for historical performance and composition to explore never-ending palettes of performance style, colour, and flair. Raised in a farming background in rural Shropshire, England, Conor graduated as a Christopher Hogwood Scholar in 2020 receiving a Master’s degree in Historical Violin at the Royal College of Music with professor, soloist, and leader of the Academy of ancient Music, Bojan Čićič.
Conor also undertook his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied under world renowned Rachel Podger for five years, and was a concerto soloist for Orchestre Francais Des Jeunes during this time.
Conor performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe with ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient music, Oxford Bach Soloists, B’Rock, Il Gardellino, and is often asked to lead sections. Also as a chamber musician, Conor enjoys working with his own ensembles; Noxwode and The WIG Society, and is also seen often performing as a soloist. Conor has recently released an album of Uccellini’s violin sonatas with his ensemble Noxwode in partnership with First Hand Records, and an album of Mannheim chamber works are soon to be released with the label Arcana where Conor is principal violinist.
Conor has performed around the world, including some of the finest venues, such as Wigmore Hall, Brugge Concertgebouw, and The Royal Chapel of Versailles, De Singel, and a solo tour through the USA. In Conor’s time at the Royal College of Music, he was selected as violinist to perform a twelve concert series at Buckingham Palace, and also as leader and soloist of the Royal College of Music’s Baroque Orchestra for concerts both in Oxford and London.