Express yourself through the language of music.
Eloise MacDonald BMus MPerf*
My primary aim in teaching is to pass on my love of music. I believe that music lessons can have far-reaching benefits and it is extremely fulfilling to watch my pupils develop and succeed. My approach is holistic and tailored to the individual, with influences from the Alexander Technique, an understanding of the stylistic elements of historical performance, and technique integrated naturally throughout the learning process.
Eloise MacDonald is in her final year of undergraduate study at the Royal College of Music, London, under the tutelage of Radu Blidar. Eloise also studies the Baroque violin with Catherine Martin. She began her studies at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and won prizes in the violin and chamber music competitions, as well as being awarded the Jonathan Willcocks Prize whilst studying with Krysia Osostowicz, Simon Fischer and Yumi Sasaki. Other awards and scholarships include the International Music Competition London Grand Prize Virtuoso, Edward Alleyn String Prize, a Beckenham Festival Gold Medal and a Saddler’s Scholarship.
Eloise has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as St. Martin in the Fields, St. John’s Smith Square, the Purcell Room, King’s Place and Steinway Hall. She has performed the Bruch G Minor Violin Concerto, Dvorak Romance, Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins and Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 as soloist, and has had her concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance fm. Eloise regularly gives recitals and performs at festivals across the UK, as well as in France, Italy and Spain. As a soloist, Eloise has received coaching in masterclasses from Thomas Gould, Ning Kam, David Strange and Peter Stark and has participated in courses such as the Cambridge International String Academy, Quattro Corde Festival, Forum Musikae and La Mariette. Eloise is also an experienced session musician and has been invited to record in projects at Abbey Road and Angel Studios.
A keen chamber musician, Eloise is a member of the Samt Quartet. She has been coached in masterclasses by Garth Knox, Levon Chilingirian, the Endellion Quartet, Heath Quartet, Busch Ensemble, Escher Quartet, Albany Trio and Dimension Trio. She has also attended music courses such as Musicworks with members of the London Haydn Quartet and Pro Corda. Eloise has an interest in contemporary classical music and has recorded new works for string quartet and larger ensembles, enjoying working with composers such as Mark-Anthony Turnage, Nico Muhly, Gabriel Prokofiev and Julian Anderson.
Eloise has also performed as a member of many orchestras which has seen her work with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Colin Davis, Edward Gardner, Vasily Petrenko, Marin Alsop, Juraj Valcuha and Semyon Bychkov. Soloists have included Jennifer Pike, Charlie Siem, Zsolt Tihamer-Visontay, Milos Karadaglic, Benjamin Grosvenor, Thomas Gould, Tai Murray and Christopher Denoth. Her performances have taken her to venues across the UK and abroad, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Bastille Amphitheatre, Shanghai Concert Hall, St James' Piccadilly, LSO St Luke’s, Sage Gateshead, Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. These include the National Youth Orchestra, touring with London Arte Chamber Orchestra, London International Chamber Orchestra, Orion Orchestra, Southrepps Sinfonia, Barbican Chamber Orchestra, Silk Street Sinfonia, Sinfonia D’Amici, Asyla Ensemble, Janus Ensemble, Alba Orchestra, Arch Sinfonia, Phaedra Ensemble, Place De L’Opera, Orchestra Vitae, and Melos Sinfonia. She has also led the Aegis Orchestra, Resonance Radio Orchestra and Symphonica, and co-led the London Mahler Orchestra, Ensemble 111, Pigotts Festival Orchestra and Aldwych Sinfonia, played with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, the LSO in the Aleph Chamber Orchestra and Roman River Festival Orchestra, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Valletta International Baroque Festival, played with members of the Southbank Sinfonia in Mahogany Opera, and played with Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and Rick Wakeman.
Exciting future projects include giving the world premiere of Grains for solo violin by James Gaddas, the UK premiere of Les Fetes d’Hebe by Rameau, and concerto appearances in Chichester. Eloise plays on a C18 Italian violin kindly lent by Mrs Aubrey-Jones.
*MPerf will be competed soon.