Jane Hyland started to play the cello at the age of six. Her talent for the instrument became quickly apparent when just a year later she won a prize awarded for the highest mark in a local festival. After gaining a music scholarship to the renowned Bedales School she succeeded in her teens in being awarded a place in the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She went on to win a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she won many prizes including the Ivor James Prize given by the great English conductor Sir Adrian Boult for a performance of the Cello Concerto by Elgar.
She was much influenced by the playing and teaching of Paul Tortelier and after appearing in a BBC tv masterclass given by him, she went to Paris to study with him and his wife Maude, funded by the Countess of Munster.
On entering the profession she joined the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra becoming the BBC’s youngest ever Principal Cellist. During this time she gave many broadcasts of solo repertoire and played in many chamber ensembles. She also often played with the orchestra as soloist, and appeared with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales at the famous Welsh Eisteddfod in Llangollen performing the Concerto by Dvorak.
She then spent three years as Principal Cellist at the Staatstheater in Kassel, Germany, where she played a wide repertoire of opera, ballet and concerts. She also gave recitals with her husband, who was a conductor at the theatre. On returning to the UK, she was for a few years a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra before deciding to freelance.
Jane has been devoted to teaching from the time that she was a student. She has decided to give more time to this and to playing in small ensembles as this is the repertoire she loves most. She currently holds a position as senior teacher at the Centre for Young Musicians in London.