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Iona McDonald

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Iona is a 22 year old violinist from Scotland currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Iona McDonald is a violinist currently in the 1st year of her 2 year Master’s degree studying with Maureen Smith and Michael Foyle at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Born in Dumfries, and with her early education in Moffat, Iona is a well-known young musician around Dumfries and Galloway. She was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 2019 and 2020 and is delighted to be invited back to be a member for 2021. Highlights of her time working with the GMJO include a collaboration with the GMJO and the Dresden Staatskapelle in March 2020, performing Schoenberg Gurrelieder conducted by Christian Thielmann. The Royal Academy has presented many wonderful performance opportunities, including performing at the Wigmore Hall with the String and Wind Soloists ensemble in May 2019 and tour of Japan in Summer 2018. She regularly performs with the Academy Symphony orchestra and was delighted to be selected as leader of the Manson Ensemble in November 2020 and leader of the Magic Flute Opera performances in November 2019. Iona is also a keen chamber musician and a member of the Arcadia Piano Trio. Recent performances include performing at the RAM Piano Trio Day in November 2020. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland ensembles since the age of 8, touring China in 2015, performing at the Proms in 2016 and leading the Symphony Orchestra in the 2017 season. She is delighted to be joining them again in July 2021 as a soloist with the NYOS Junior orchestra. Iona has performed as soloist with Buxton Music Society, Musicale, Halifax Symphony Orchestra, High Peak Orchestra and Glasgow Chamber Orchestra.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Classical, Folk, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Traditional church music, Christmas, Traditional Scottish folk
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching
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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£350


From customers:

Conductor O, 4 years ago

You played with such calmness and authority that all fears evaporated and I was really very pleased with the show, it was a great performance.

Orchestral O, 4 years ago

you played so wonderfully on Saturday night. I really can't think of a more impressive performance by a soloist with our orchestra ever.