Lauded by The Strad for her ‘beguiling… thrilling and exuberant’ Royal Festival Hall debut, Shiry pursues an international solo, chamber, teaching and orchestral career. A versatile musician, her performances have taken her across the globe to such venues as the Tel Aviv Opera House and Geneva Victoria Hall, including engagements for HRH Prince Charles and the Emperor and Empress of Japan.
Born in London to a musical family, she began her artistic education aged five under the guidance of her parents, violin pedagogues Itzhak Rashkovsky and Ani Schnarch. After obtaining a BA in Social and Political Sciences from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, Shiry went on to complete a Masters with First Class Honours and Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Natasha Boyarska and Ian Jewel.
Highly in demand as a soloist and recitalist, Shiry is a prize-winner of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Cecil Aronowitz Viola Prize, Philharmonia Orchestra Meyer Award, and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme, through which she has been invited to give recitals throughout the UK. Concerti performances include collaborations with the New Music Ensemble, Kallion Ensemble, Outcry Ensemble, Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra ‘CUMS’, Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra and the Barnet Symphony Orchestra. She has broadcast live for BBC Radio 3 and BBC 4, New York’s WQXR, Italy’s RAI and the Israeli Broadcasting Authority.
Invitations to festivals of renown include Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, Keshet Eilon International Music Centre, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. She has performed as a soloist and in ensembles with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Atar Arad, Stephan Barratt-Due, Adrian Brendel, Ian Brown, Viviane Hagner, Rudolf Koelman, Min Jin Kym, Pekka Kuusisto, and Shlomo Mintz, among others. She is a founding member of the Globe Ensemble, featuring flautist Luce Zurita and harpist Valeria Kurbatova, with whom she tours regularly. Alongside Robin Green (prize-winner, YCAT, ROSL, Park Lane Group), she gives recitals throughout the UK as one of the few established viola and piano duos.
Having been awarded an Associate Membership to the Philharmonia Orchestra (2015), Shiry continues to tour and record regularly with the orchestra. She also freelances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and has featured as Principal Viola for Multi-Story.
Sought after as a teacher, Shiry was appointed Professor of Viola at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2013. She has been on the faculty of the New Virtuosi International Mastercourse since its inception in 2009, and taught at the Le Altre Note Mastercourse and Festival, Italy.
Equally involved in contemporary and alternative forms of musicianship, Shiry has premiered the works of Moshe Zorman, Aviya Kopelman, Jonathan Keren and Betty Olivero. In 2010 she gave the world premiere of Kate Whitley’s Viola Concerto, which she dedicated to her, and continues to promote new composition for solo viola. She has featured in the ‘NonClassical’ collective and has been Principal Viola in projects for Multi-Story. Shiry embraces the music of all world cultures, and has worked with Latin American violinist Rafael Gintoli, Turkish musician Cihat Askin, and collaborated in performance with the renowned oud and Easter violinist Yair Dalal.