I am a professional violinist and teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland. After graduating with a Master of Arts degree in English and Scottish Literature from the University of Edinburgh, I completed a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree in Music (Performing) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where I was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Alexander Gibson Award. After performing Shostakovich 2nd Violin Concerto for my final Masters presentation, I studied violin and viola for two years at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, specialising in advanced technique, string pedagogy, chamber music and performance psychology.
I freelanced with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; appeared in a Warner Bros. film with The Edinburgh Quartet and worked extensively with Brit Award winners Belle and Sebastian, playing on several albums and in around 200 shows in 33 countries on their World Tours. I also performed at the Royal Albert Hall Proms, Sydney Opera House; the Glastonbury, Fuji Rock and Coachella Festivals; Radio Tokyo, MTV Brazil and on Later with Jools Holland. I currently play my 5-string fretted electric violin around the world with Scottish band Whisky Kiss.
After gaining my PGCE, I taught Music, Literature and Film for over a decade at British international schools and summer schools in Europe and South America. During this time, I attended education conferences, seminars and workshops with world leaders in educational thinking, including Dylan Wiliam, Paul Dix, Ben Mardell and Carol Ann Tomlinson. I was Director of Strings at Gordonstoun School and an Associate Teacher of Violin and Viola at the University of St. Andrews, where I mentored students for degree recitals, conservatoire auditions and ABRSM Grade and Diploma Examinations. Apart from teaching and playing violin, I am also Head of Film (online) at the British School in Lisbon, an IB Examiner and a tutor to students in international schools around the world.