Lydia Sewell is a Kiwi-American violinist experienced in many styles, including, Classical, Rock, Celtic and world music. She has recorded and performed with a number of indie bands in Los Angeles, including Branches, Sleeping At Last and Sucré at the ABC and MTV Networks. Notable performances include playing with Mark Wood at the Gathering on the Green concert series in Mequon, WI, as well as with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra during their East Coast tour of The Ghost of Christmas Eve. In 2013, she played alongside Indian Carnatic musical artist N. Muralikrishnan “NMK” in Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the sixth annual Los Angeles International Music Festival.
Lydia is an incredibly talented violinist and so personable- absolutely wonderful to work with. The beauty and elegance she added to our wedding ceremony was praised by countless guests and made the event truly unforgettable. She took such a weight off of my shoulders during the preparation of the wedding as well- going far above and beyond by personally finding and distributing to our other musicians different renditions of the songs we love to fit our Celtic vibe. She even had connections to have pieces custom arranged! So much credit goes to her for setting the exact feel we were dreaming of for our wedding. We feel so blessed to have found her.
Lydia and an accompanist (sadly don't know his name) played at our son's wedding over Labor Day weekend in Madison.
It was beautiful!! Lydia was wonderful to work with, the music was perfect, and she and her accompanying player even worked out an arrangement for a song that the bride wanted to use.
They made the celebration sparkle!!!
On August 19th we had a French Diner en Blanc birthday party to celebrate my wife's 60th. The party was held in the evening on the patio at a beautiful Italian restaurant. With great weather under the stars, the romantic setting needed the one special touch to make the event complete - music. Not just any music, but classic music that would blend with the Italian menu, formal white themed elegant dress, flowered decorations, and white lighted trees. Violinist Lydia Sewell and her accompanying accordionist Sergi were outstanding. They arrived on time as she promised to set up before the start of the event. As the guests arrived, they were greeted with the sights and sounds of would would become a night to remember. The party started with flowing energetic tunes which blended perfectly with conversation and drinks. The music continued later with sounds of soft violin melodies over dinner, and afterwards, back to duets and solos between the two musicians. The "concert" lasted into the night with the guests, hosts, and restaurant staff fully entertained. Lydia and Sergi were professional, delightful, and seemed like part of our family. With their exceptional musical skills and talent this celebration was the event of the year! In fact, we are talking about doing this again next year, even doubling the size. We will certainly hope that Lydia would be available to provide another evening of wonderful entertainment. We could settle for nothing less now that she spoiled us!
Response from Lydia Sewell:
Thanks so much Tony!! It was an unforgettable night for sure :) ! Let's make an actual Madisonian Diner En Blanc happen next year :) !
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Lydia Sewell is a Kiwi-American violinist from Madison, WI. Currently an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she has played with the Pittsburgh Ballet, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Sewell made her solo debut in 2009 with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing the Barber Concerto as a winner of their concerto competition. She recently made her West Coast concert debut performing a commissioned work by Townsend Losey with the Los Angeles based choral ensemble, Ensoma.
In 2017, Ms. Sewell received her Masters in Violin Performance on full scholarship from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she served as both Concertmaster and Principal Second. In 2011, she received her Bachelors in Violin Performance from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, where she served as Concertmaster for the University Choir and Orchestra and Principal Second in the APU symphony. Ms. Sewell has studied with Gene Purdue, Alex Russell, Lorenz Gamma, and Rachel and Charles Stegeman, and has had master classes with Ilya Kaler, Hagai Shaham, Soh-Hyun Altino, Henning Kraggerud, and Rachel Barton Pine.
As a non-classical violinist, Ms. Sewell is experienced in many styles, from rock to Celtic and world music. She has recorded and performed with a number of indie bands in Los Angeles. In 2012, she joined the band Branches for their concert tour up the West Coast, and earlier that year played for the alternative indie bands Sleeping At Last and Sucré at the ABC and MTV Networks. She has also performed with Mark Wood at the Gathering on the Green concert series in Mequon, WI, as well as with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra during their East Coast tour of The Ghost of Christmas Eve. Ms. Sewell has studied Scottish fiddling with David Gardner and Melinda Crawford at the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling in New Wilmington, PA. In 2013, she played alongside Indian Carnatic musical artist N. Muralikrishnan “NMK” in Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the sixth annual Los Angeles International Music Festival.
Ms. Sewell's interests extend well beyond violin playing to singing, theater, and film acting. As a member of the Azusa Pacific University Chamber Singers, Ms. Sewell won first place for both Classical and Folk music in the 2013 International Choirs of the World Competition in Spittal an der Drau, Austria. As an actress, she has played leading stage roles at the performing arts festival Masterworks in Indiana and studied film acting at the John Kirby Studio in Los Angeles. Most recently, Ms. Sewell starred in the short film “Fantasy in D Minor” which will be released in Fall 2017.
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