Glenis Malkin was born in Derbyshire and studied cello with Malka Cossack before going on to study cello (first study) and piano (second study) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. her teachers were Leonard Stehn, Melissa Phelps and David Strange. She won the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Cello Prize and the Jenny Hyman Prize for outstanding chamber music performance and graduated with a degree in music. An Arts Council of Great Britain scholarship enabled her to take an advanced solo performers course which she gained with distinction. She was also awarded a Shell/London Symphony Orchestra scholarship to play with the orchestra at the Barbican Centre. She played professionally in London with orchestras including The Orchestra of St John's Smith Square and the BBC and with many internationally -famous conductors including Sir George Solti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andre Previn and Vernon Handley. She was the cellist with the Salieri String Quartet for a number of years and also with the contemporary music group The Acrobats of Desire, playing on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She also worked in a freelance capacity on a number of recordings and backing tracks for a number of groups. Glenis continues to mix a freelance playing career with examining music exams throughout the UK for Trinity College, London, as well as teaching cello at her home in Moulton and at Witham Hall School near Stamford.