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Athena Octavia

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About Athena

Athena is a highly skilled and versatile musician from London, trained in both violin and piano and able to perform in a number of genres
Violinist
London

Athena has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a distinction in her Violin Performance MA. The previous year, she graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in music and the highest mark in performance across her year. Athena began playing the violin and piano since the ages of 5 and 6, and joined the Royal College of Music Junior Department at the age of 9. Excelling in both piano and violin, she was invited to become joint first study, and won prizes in violin, piano and music theory, both at the RCM and from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In addition, she was awarded Kingston Young Musician of the Year and Richmond Young pianist of the Year and distinction in both violin and piano dipABRSM diplomas. During this time she was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra and subsequently the National Youth Orchestra where she co-led. She has performed solo violin at the Elgar Room, Albert Hall, solo piano, violin and chamber music at the Wigmore Hall, and as part of a group in Buckingham Palace Gardens for the Queen's Coronation Festival, at Clarence House for the Duchess of Wales, and at the House of Lords. Last year, Athena and a fellow student at Oxford took on the exciting project of performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas in a series of concerts in the Holywell Music Room. This led to them playing and being interviewed on BBC Radio 3 for ‘In tune’. As well as being classically trained Athena is interested in listening to and performing many different genres of music. She is a member of a four-piece country-pop band, Iris and Steel, who write original songs. Athena is a skilled improviser in many styles from country to pop to jazz, having studied improvisation at the Royal College for 5 years. She can perform on both acoustic and electric violin, piano and keyboard. Athena is able to provide a performance tailored to the client's needs at weddings, corporate events, or private functions, as well as being available for music videos and session work. She is very happy to accommodate requests for specific pieces.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Musical theatre, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Covers, Acoustic, Electronic, Christmas, Contemporary classical, EDM, Ibiza club
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Live looping, Accompanist
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Song list

Here is a selection of songs I can play, however I am very happy to learn almost any pieces you would like me to play.
Violin classical/wedding pieces
Ave Maria - Bach
Arioso - Bach
Violin concerto number 1 in A Minor, 1st movement – Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
Partita in D minor – Bach
Air in G – Bach
Chanson de Matin – Elgar
Chanson de Nuit – Elgar
Salut D’Amour – Elgar
Allelujah from Exsultate Jubilate - Mozart
Meditation from Thais – Massenet
Czardas – Monti
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Eine Kleine Nachtmusic – Mozart
Hungarian Dance number 5 – Brahms
The four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)– Vivaldi
Ave Maria - Schubert
Flight of the Bumble Bee – Rimsky Korsokov
Estrellita (My Little Star) – Ponce-Heifetz
Sonata No.5 in F major for violin and piano (Spring)- Beethoven
Havainaise - Saint Saens
Pop/Rock
Rather be – Clean Bandit
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion (Titanic)
Summertime – George Gershwin
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
Summertime - George Gershwin
It ain't necessarily so - Gershwin arr. Heifetz
bad guy – Billie Eilish
Best Part – Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R
Blinding lights – The Weeknd
Boyfriend – Mabel
Dance Monkey – Tones & I
Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
Get lucky – Daft Punk
Gold (Stupid Love) – Excision & Illenium ft. Shallows
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
Hold my hand – Jess Glynne
How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples
If I ain’t got you – Alicia Keys
Lose control – MEDUZA, Becky Hill, Goodboys
Palladio – Karl Jenkins
Rather be – Clean Bandit
Say So – Doja Cat
Selfish – Madison Beer
Señorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Someone like you – Adele
Stand by me – Ben E. King
Sweet child o’ mine – Guns n’ Roses
Symphony – Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson
Toxic – Britney Spears
Uptown funk – Bruno Mars
Waves – Robin Schulz
Yummy – Justin Bieber
Jazz
Dave Brubeck – Take 5
Frank Sinatra – Fly me to the moon
Gershwin – Summertime
Gershwin arr. Heifetz – it ain’t necessarily so
Joplin – Paragon rag
Jule Styne – I fall in love too easily
Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt - Minor Swing
Nat King Cole – Autumn leaves
Film/Musical
All I ask of you – Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera main theme
Wishing you were somehow here again – Phantom of the Opera
Think of me – Phantom of the Opera
Pirates of the Caribbean Theme
James Bond Theme
Theme from Schindler’s list
Harry Potter Theme
Let it go – Frozen
I see the light – Tangled
Reflection – Mulan
Under the Sea – The Little Mermaid
Bare Necessities – The Jungle Book
Piano Classical
Deux Arabesques - Debussy
Gymnopedie - Satie
Piano Popular
I Got Rhythm – George Gershwin
Blue Moon – Frank Sinatra
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Take 5 – Dave Brubeck

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£240

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Florence L, 8 months ago

Athena was absolutely amazing and accommodated to everything! She is very friendly and professional. We would like to say a massive thank you to Athena for helping us to create this set of musical stimuli that will be used in our scientific research project on emotion processing in music and language. She played so perfectly and beautifully during the recording session with wonderful improvisations to help expand our stimulus database. Thank you, Athena!

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Willem P, 1 year ago

Athena Hawksley-Walker and Joe Reynolds provided the entertainment for a formal dinner in Oxford that I was running. Not only did they provide the perfect music for the occasion but they were extremely professional and a delight to work with. I couldn’t recommend them enough!

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Benjamin N, 1 year ago

Athena Hawksley-Walker has played for numerous concerts that I have been involved with. She is utterly professional in approach, and plays with complete commitment. She is equally dedicated to the music whether she is leading or playing rank and file. I also commend Athena to you as a soloist and chamber musician. She is increasingly experienced in both genres, and will not disappoint.

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