I’m proud to say that I’ve had a connection to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 1985 when I started my study with James Durrant at the junior department of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (as it was then); I continued my studies with Jimmy at the senior level gaining my Performance Diploma in 1992 and having won multiple prizes I was awarded an Exhibition and full scholarship to study with the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
I was subsequently invited to join the Medea Quartet and we were privileged to study with many of the world’s great string quartets including The Borodin, Alban Berg, Bartok and La Salle. We had five successful years of competing, recording and performing widely, and also held the String Quartet Residency at The University of York before we went our separate ways into the wider profession.
I joined both the English Chamber Orchestra and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields in the same week in late 1996 and my focus since then has been primarily on chamber music; both orchestral, and with the Academy Chamber Ensemble with whom I toured extensively from 2003-2013 playing octets, sextets and quintets. It’s fair to say I know Mendelssohn’s octet pretty well now…
I have performed extensively with most of the London–based orchestras, have done my time in various recording studios and taken part in hundreds of education projects (mainly for children with autism) and was a core member of the ASMF for 18 years. The Academy plays on a worldwide stage at the very highest level with many of the world’s most accomplished artists; it gives me great satisfaction to know that I can impart some of the knowledge I’ve gained through experience to the students that I teach.
I am currently Sub-Principal viola for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.