B i o g r a p h y
Iona has been playing violin since she was 4 years old, beginning with the Suzuki method and studying with Ms Brenda Smith of Ayr. After six years of study at Chetham’s School of Music with Ms Yumi Sasaki, Iona gained a First Class Honours degree from Royal Academy of Music in 2020. She is currently studying for her Masters degree with Maureen Smith and Michael Foyle at RAM . Born in Dumfries, and with her early education in Moffat, Iona is a well known young musician in Scotland, regularly taking part in concerts, charity and fundraising events.
Iona is a keen chamber musician and plays with the Arcadia Piano Trio. She also works along side Nicola Benedetti as a Lead Ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation. Iona also played with the Torridon Piano Trio and Azura Piano Quintets and was awarded second place in the Harold Craxton Chamber Music Prize at RAM in 2019. Iona is a member of Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and is delighted to be joining them again in 2021.
Iona played with the RAM String and Wind Soloists Ensemble who recently performed in Wigmore Hall . She was selected to play with RAM Symphony Orchestra on their tour of Japan in June 2018, the proms in 2019 with Julliard students and performed in the LacMus festival on Lake Como in July 2018 and 2019. She recently took part in the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival, playing Britten's War Requiem with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and is taking part in their 2021 summer tour to Italy, Germany and Austria.
Iona has been a member of National Youth Orchestra of Scotland ensembles since she was eight years old. She led Senior Orchestra and, with Symphony Orchestra, toured China in 2015 and played at the Proms in 2016. She led the Symphony Orchestra for the 2017 season and was delighted to be asked to be the soloist with NYOS Junior Orchestra in July 2022.
Iona has also performed as a soloist with Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, High Peak Orchestra, Buxton Musical Society, Musicale, Halifax Symphony Orchestra and MLC school. Recently she gave a recital in Moffat as part of a concert series of young professional musicians at St Andrew's Church.
Iona is very grateful to be supported in her studies with scholarships from RAM, the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, the Countess of Munster Trust, the Colin MacLean bursary, the Waddell Trust and Help Musicians UK.
Iona's violin is by Philip Ihle.