“For the sheer musicality of her interpretations I would single out Minat Lyons – a fine young cellist with an exceptionally rich and nuanced tone at her disposal ... Lyons took sensitivity for idiom and line in her playing to a completely new level”
E. Dickerson, Seen & Heard concert review, Wigmore Hall
Minat is Co-Principal Cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, which she joined in 2007, whilst still an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music.
She graduated from the RCM in 2009, having been awarded the Ivor James, Helen Just, Wills Gordan, Thelma Reiss, Stuart Knussen and Anna Shuttleworth prizes, and an Amaryllis Fleming scholarship. Minat won the 5th Antonio Janigro International Violoncello Competition, has been awarded scholarships by the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the English Speaking Union, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and was lent an Amati cello by the Balmain Charitable Trust.
Minat is a passionate chamber musician, and has also been a regular Guest Principal with ensembles including the Aurora Orchestra and European Camerata.
In addition to her performing career, Minat is a dedicated teacher, and has taught at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Britten Pears Arts, and the Royal Academy of Music.