Vanessa Lucas-Smith ('Cello) began her studies at The Royal College of Music Junior Department with James Halsey (Bingham Quartet). She is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Eduardo Vassallo, and later became a Junior Fellow at Trinity College of Music.
Vanessa developed her passion for chamber music at the RNCM, with its superb chamber music department led by the inspirational Christopher Rowland. Her many college awards include the Sir John Barbirolli Prize for String Quartet. She went on to study privately with Prof. Eberhardt Feltz and has received coaching from members of renowned quartets such as the Amadeus, Hagen and Takács Quartets.
As a former Parke Lane Group Young Artist, a winner of several international chamber music competitions (Royal Overseas League, Charles
Hennen, Zinetti, Val Tidone),and a founding member of the Brodowski Quartet, Vanessa has performed extensively within the UK as well as further afield. Highlights include the Edinburgh, Kronberg and Orlando festivals, plus appearances at London's Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.
Aside from her work with the Allegri Quartet, Vanessa teaches cello and chamber music at Trinity College of Music Junior Department, and is a keen amateur footballer!
Vanessa plays on a late 18th century English 'cello by the Forster family.