Lawrence Power is a British violist, born 1977, noted both for solo performances and for chamber music with the Nash Ensemble and Leopold String Trio.
Power started out as a violist (rather than beginning studies on the violin and switching to viola) at his primary school aged eight. When 11, Power entered the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London studying with Mark Knight. Later Power spent a year at the Juilliard School with Karen Tuttle.
After a year in New York, Power returned to London and won first prize in the Primrose International Viola Competition in 1999. Following a third prize at the 2000 Maurice Vieux International Viola Competition in Paris, he made his first recording (Ligeti, Roslavets, Takemitsu and Prokofiev).
In 2001 Power was selected to become a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist until 2003.
Power is a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music in London and has given master classes at the Verbier Festival.
In 2003 Power was head-hunted to become the leader of the viola section of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, but despite playing with them in Mahler’s 3rd Symphony at the Barbican under Haitink he did not audition for the position.