Lydia Hillerudh started playing the cello at the age of 7, under the guidance of Elisabeth Lysell-Bjermkvist. When she was 16 years old she was awarded a place to Lilla Akademien in Stockholm. She has been awarded a scholarship at Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied under the guidance of Prof. Mats Lidström. Lydia has had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with some of Sweden’s most appreciated cellists, such as Thorleif Thedéen and Ola Karlsson, as well as international figures such as Sun Won Yang and Natalie Clein. As a soloist she has performed at some of Stockholm’s major concert venues, such as Berwaldhallen and Musikaliska. She is an eager chamber musician and is the cellist of the Cellini Quartet and of the Tritium Trio, who recently were prize winners in the Harold Craxton Competition, and the Harry Isaacs Trio Prize. Lydia plays a German 19 th -century cello, with a Francoix Lotte bow purchased with generous support from the Salen Charitable Trust.