Kirsty is a professional violist as well as a professional violin and viola teacher. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Music Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Matthew Jones. Before beginning at the Guildhall, she studied with Robert Turrell at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. She continued to study with Turrell while she completed her Classics degree at the University of Oxford, attaining distinctions in her DipABRSM and LTCL viola qualifications alongside her studies. In September 2017, she will start her PhD in viola performance at the Guildhall.
As an orchestral performer, Kirsty has performed in many exciting venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, and Birmingham Symphony Hall, and has performed on national television. Her chamber music performances have included several world premieres and she has been fortunate enough to perform to two different members of the British Royal Family. She also frequently performed in quartets at the summer balls which take place around Oxford.
Kirsty’s teaching is tailored to each student individually, following the student’s interests and personal goals while maintaining a strong basis in technique and theory. Her studies with Matthew Jones and her knowledge of yoga gives her a good understanding of how posture can improve your playing and minimise the risk of injuries or fatigue. Her background in childcare and previous volunteering work in accessibility to education in music and Classics provides her with a firm, sensitive, and enthusiastic approach to teaching.