Agnes Hamilton

Agnes started her musical education at the age of 4 under her mother’s violin tuition on their houseboat in Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex UK.

Showing a great passion for musicianship at a young age, she gained a music scholarship in 1997 and was soon leading school orchestras and quartets. Agnes made her concert debut at the age of nine, performing the Bach A minor concerto with orchestra.

Having started the piano at 5 years old, at the age of 9 she also began Harpsichord lessons with Maggie Cole, and continued to study 3 instruments as a triple major until her undergraduate programme. However, violin being her clear passion throughout, Agnes continued this alone into her undergraduate programme, under professor Lutsia Ibragimova.

Inspired by her involvement as a volunteer teacher in the El Sistema project in Venezuela. Agnes is now a dedicated teacher and campaigner for arts funding and support, working closely in her community to help young under-privileged children follow and realise their dreams.

In 2009 Agnes started teaching violin and piano to a small group of children at St Stephen’s CoE primary school in Shepherd’s Bush. In 2011 after demand for music lessons increased dramatically, she formed a complete music department of 7 different teachers, and 10 different instruments. The school now has an uptake of individual music lessons for half the students in the school.

From this Pelican Music was born.

Still a passionate performer, as a soloist Agnes has been noted for her rich sound and mature musical voice, with a clear connection to the repertoire and the violin.


Studied at: Royal College of Music
Primary Instrument: Violin
Started Aged: 4
Other Instruments: Viola, Piano, Harpsichord
Favourite Piece: Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D