Clare Bentall, violin

What do you do for a living?
I am a lecturer in education and do some freelance training as well.
Tell us a little about the instrument you play? Do you play any other instrument?
I play violin. I did learn the piano also but have not played regularly for years.
When did you start your musical education?
When I was 6.
How long have you been with the CCO?
I've lost count — since its second year.
What has been your favourite CCO concert?
Impossible to say. I love doing the more modern pieces and our rendition of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder recently was lovely. Then I also remember one particular concert before Alan died when the Brahms symphony we played seemed to be inspired and moved him to tears. The Elgar cello concerto was particularly memorable and some of the solo violinists have been stunning. There have been too many to pick a favourite.
Which piece of music do you most enjoy playing?
Anything from Beethoven onwards!
If you could take a recording of one piece of music to a desert island, what would it be?
Probably something by Shostakovich.
Who are your musical heroes?
Itzhak Perlman on the violin and I heard the Berlin Phil chamber group live in Berlin years ago and they were amazing.
When was the last time you attended a concert as one of the audience?
A while ago but have 3 Proms booked for this year.
What do you listen to in the car?
Don't have a car!  And if I did it would probably be Radio 4!
What are your other interests?
Do a bit of salsa, gardening (!), lots of reading (too many train journeys), travelling when I get the chance, theatre...