Born in Stockholm, Lydia Hillerudh started playing the cello under the guidance of Elisabeth Lysell-Bjermkvist. In 2012, she was awarded at scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Mats Lidström, where she was awarded a 1st class Bachelor’s degree earlier this year. She is currently studying for her Master’s degree at the same institution with renowned cellist Robert Cohen, A keen chamber musician, Lydia has appeared with her clarinet trio ‘Tritium Trio’, in various venues across London and the UK. They won the Isaacs/Pirani Trio prize at the Academy in 2015, and will record their first CD in 2017. Lydia is a keen cello teacher and teaches a large class across London. She aims to inspire children and adults alike to become not only better cellists, but also to gain self-confidence in learning a new skill. She is very happy to have become involved with Play for Progress.