Kirsty MacLeod
Kirsty MacLeod

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"her versatility, ability and conscientiousness will mean she will be excellent in all fields of playing"

Kirsty is a qualified and experienced violinist. She holds a master of Art with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music and a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During her studies she won numerous prizes including the Hilda Bailey prize for Violin, the Mabel Globel prize for Chamber Music, the Thomas and Margaret Roddan Scholarship, the Wolfson Scholarship and the Donald Dewar Scholarship. Kirsty is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in Violin teaching. 

Kirsty has vast performance experience and performs on a regular basis in a variety of ensembles ranging from  Symphony Orchestra to String Quartet. Some recent highlights include performing at the BBC Proms and on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune.' As a keen chamber musician, she was delighted to be invited to festivals such a Mendelssohn on Mull, Festival MusicAlpe and the Cantelina Music Festival. Kirsty has performed for Rannoch Music Series, Westbourne Music Series, Glasgow Cathedral Festival and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
With the Corran Quartet of which she was a founding member, she was invited to be Quartet in Residence at Music Cordiale International Festival in France, as well as being a Britten-Pears Young Artist.  
Kirsty enjoys working with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the English National Ballet and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. She has collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra to record for British Airways and has memorable experiences performing with the Czech Philharmonia. 

Kirsty is passionate, positive and enthusiastic, believing herself to be highly adaptable to  different genres and styles of music making. She has loved performing musical theatre with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra with whom she was on the Developing Artist Programme. She has studied Baroque Violin and Traditional Scottish Fiddle, as well as learning piano from a young age through to it becoming her second study instrument at Bachelor level. Kirsty feels lucky to have learnt from some notable musicians and educators, including Andrea Gajic, Maureen Smith, Catherine Manson, Joshua Fisher, Ian Brown, James Boyd, Steve Orton, Levon Chilingirian, Aaron Shorr and Simon Standage. She is grateful to the Harrison-Frank foundation to be playing on a beautiful Silvestre violin.

Alongside her performing career, Kirsty coaches chamber music at the prestigious David Game College, where she is also the Visiting Music Teacher. She also teaches for PSJ Tuition.  Kirsty is a proud to be co-founder of the award winning live music company Dahlia Music, of which she manages the London base. 

In her spare time, Kirsty loves running as a member of her local running club, cycling and indulging in some other interests. This has led her to gaining a Diploma in Nutrition, as well as qualifications from the Open University in Social Psychology and Politics, Religion and Conflict, and Global Ethics.