Katie O’Neil, Cello

Katie was born and educated in Glenrothes, Fife and at the age of 9 began studying the ‘cello with Olivia Gray. During her time at secondary school Katie played with the Fife Youth Orchestra and in her final year was the principal cellist. In September 2001 Katie continued her musical studies and accepted a place to study on the BMus (Hons) Degree course at the Ian Tomlin School of Music at Napier University. Katie studied under Mark Bailey of the Edinburgh Quartet. During her time at university Katie performed regularly as an orchestral player and chamber musician and was the principle cellist in many of the university’s orchestras and ensembles. Katie also performed solo recitals at the St Giles Cathedral Series. Whilst at university Katie played in a number of string quartets and received coaching from the Edinburgh Quartet. Memorable performances during her time at the Ian Tomlin School of Music include performing at the presentation of an Honorary Doctorate to the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus and in October 2005 performing at the National Museum of Scotland at a dinner to honour the recipients of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. In 2003 Katie also appeared at the MTV Music Awards in Edinburgh performing in an orchestra with pop singer Dido. Katie graduated in 2005 with an Upper Second-Class Honours Degree. Katie now lives and works in Fife. Since university Katie has enjoyed playing in various orchestras throughout Fife which include playing with the orchestra for Fife Opera, Kirkcaldy Amateur Operatic Society and Dunfermline Choral Union. She is currently the principle cellist of the Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society and is excited to be the newest member of the Argyll Quartet.

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