Our next concert includes the Norfolk Rhapsody by Vaughan Williams, Borodin’s exciting Symphony 2 and Brahms Violin Concerto. The atmospheric Vaughan Williams piece continues our theme of having an English component to each of our concerts this year.
Kay Stephen is our soloist for the Brahms. Don’t worry that she is playing the viola in the pic. She plays both!
Kay Stephen was born in Aberdeen and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Katie Hull, graduating with 1st Class Honours in 2009. During this time she was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Bessie Spence concerto prize for her performance of Walton’s violin concerto with the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra.
Kay recently completed her Masters at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she studied with Pavel Fischer. She regularly led all of the RNCM’s ensembles including the resident Symphony Orchestra at the 2010 Cantiere Festival in Montepulciano, Italy. As a soloist Kay was awarded the Eric Nicholson prize, as well as the Hirsch and Barbirolli prizes for chamber music.
As violist with the Gildas Quartet, Kay has given recitals across the UK and in festivals throughout Europe. Next Winter the quartet will be touring Scotland as winners of the 2012-2013 Tunnell Trust Award .
Elsewhere, Kay has appeared in concert with the Brodsky and Maggini Quartets, Ilya Gringolts and as part of the 2011 Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, alongside Ronald Birks and Stephen Orton. Last year she played in the contemporary ensemble Red Note for their Autumn tour, performing in venues across Scotland and including broadcasts for BBC Radio.
As an orchestral musician, Kay performs with the Halle Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic and Sinfonia Cymru. She is currently receiving further training as this year’s violin scholar on the Halle Leadership Scheme.
Kay is grateful to the Donald Dewar and Riga Heesom awards which allowed her to complete her Masters studies.