Welcome to the Orchestra, Minn, Kate and Lasma!

London Philharmonic Orchestra appoints three new violinists, all alumni of its Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has appointed three violinists to join the First Violin section of the Orchestra, Minn Majoe [No.6], Kate Oswin [No. 4] and Lasma Taimina [No. 5]. All three, who have undergone a rigorous audition and trial process, are alumni of the LPO’s prestigious Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, the Orchestra’s flagship artist development programme committed to nurturing the musicians of the future.

The Foyle Future Firsts (FFF) programme offers an annual opportunity to 17 aspiring orchestral musicians to develop their talent and core professional skills. As part of the scheme, the FFF members rehearse, study and perform with LPO members in addition to receiving individual advice and mentoring from their LPO Principal. Regular mock auditions support the development of audition skills, and participants take part in a wide range of professional development workshops and seminars, including developing creative leadership skills. The scheme, now in its 15th year, has flourished through significant and sustained funding from the Foyle Foundation.  The Foundation’s ongoing support for the Orchestra and long-term commitment to Foyle Future Firsts has enabled the LPO to develop and expand programme activity of the highest quality over this period. During 2019/20, in addition to support from the Foyle Foundation, the scheme is also generously supported by the Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, The Fidelio Charitable Trust and the Idlewild Trust.

Pieter Schoeman, Leader of the LPO says: “I am delighted to welcome three Foyle Future Firsts alumni to the First Violin section, and am proud that they have worked hard to apply the skills and experiences developed through the FFF programme, and with other leading orchestras, to win these seats. We are continually grateful to our generous funders and to all my colleagues in the Orchestra who dedicate so much time and expertise each year to supporting this scheme.”

Minn Majoe was an FFF member in the 2014/15 season and has since worked with orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Kate Oswin took part in the FFF scheme in 2017/18 and has since worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, in addition to teaching undergraduate violin students at King’s College London. Lasma Taimina was part of the FFF scheme in 2016/17 and has since performed regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and London Mozart Players.

Minn Majoe says: “I'm truly thrilled to be joining the LPO in March. It is one of the orchestras I've listened to and followed since childhood and I'm glad all the hard work has paid off! Reflecting on my year as an LPO Foyle Future First, our unique performance projects with artists such as Magnus Lindberg and Andrew Manze combined with individual coaching from section leaders further broadened my musical point of view and it was a fantastic scheme to be a part of.”

Kate Oswin says: “The LPO Foyle Future Firsts scheme was an invaluable experience, and the training and mentorship I received during this time has been integral in helping me get to where I am today. I won my first UK orchestral job while still a member of the scheme, I am very excited to now be joining the LPO a few years later – it is a great honour to be able to call the amazing musicians in the LPO my colleagues!”

Lasma Taimina says: " Since 2016 when I was accepted as one of the Foyle Future Firsts I have had the privilege of sharing the stage with these wonderful musicians in many unforgettable performances. And it is with great excitement that I am now joining the Orchestra as No.5 First Violin."