Born in Vancouver, Canada, the ﬁrst contact Garwyn Linnell had with music was listening to his father play The Beatles and sing/play folk tunes on the guitar as a child. It wasn’t until he was 10 years old when a combination of having the opportunity to start learning the cello in school and hearing Yo-Yo Ma’s recording of Bach’s ﬁrst Cello Suite made him fall in love with the instrument. Deciding to further his studies in music, Garwyn was accepted into the class of Christoph Richter at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany where he completed his bachelor’s degree. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Essen, Garwyn sought out his current teacher and member of the Doric Quartet, John Myerscough, and has recently finished his master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music.
An avid chamber musician, Garwyn has also had the opportunity to perform as a soloist, and an orchestral musician in a wide range of venues and countries from small churches in Italy to concert halls in China. Garwyn is also the curator of the Bach Plus chamber music concerts which take place at St Giles Camberwell.
While classical music is his primary area of focus, he also has had the pleasure to collaborate and perform with various artists within the ﬁelds of dance, contemporary music, improvisation, jazz, and even poetry. Aside from playing the cello, Garwyn enjoys taking care of plants, spending time in nature, photography, and writing poetry.