Lucy Gould established the Ironstone Chamber Music Festival in 2013 with her sister, cellist Kate Gould.
Lucy is best known as the violinist and founder member of the Gould Piano Trio, one of the UK’s most respected ensembles. Several international awards, a busy schedule and an impressive discography (core repertoire, lesser known works and commissions) are testament to Lucy’s dedication to this genre since embarking on her career.
Lucy studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and Indiana University, Bloomington with Gyorgy Pauk and Josef Gingold. In addition, masterclasses with Andras Schiff, Menahem Pressler and members of the Amadeus String Quartet at Prussia Cove and the Banff Centre for the Arts were a source of great inspiration in the early days. She enjoys all aspects of the repertoire, having performed sonatas with Benjamin Frith and Leon McCawley, clarinet trios with Robert Plane, horn trios with David Pyatt, Richard Watkins and Alec Frank-Gemmill and chamber music of all shapes and sizes with many of the leading artists in this field at festivals in the UK and abroad. Her experience has led to invitations to appear on international juries.
Lucy is a regular guest leader of many orchestras and holds the position of principal 2nd violin with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As part of the COE Academy she often gives lessons and advice to up and coming violinists and has directed student performances of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms Symphonies. She lives in Cardiff and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.