Tuesday 12th January 2021 at 7.30pm
BELL VERSTEEG DONALD TRIO
Haydn : Piano Trio (tba)
Rebecca Clarke : Piano Trio (1921)
Dvorak : Piano Trio No 4 in E minor, Op 90 "Dumky"
Cellist Katy Bell grew up in Glasgow. She studied at the Guildhall School in London and then with Yehuda Hanani in the USA before moving to the Netherlands. There Katy was a member of the Arba String Quartet and cello teacher for an El Sistema-based project run by Het Residentie Orkest in The Hague. Beginning in 2010 Katy performed all the Bach Suites at Podiumkunsten Emmakade, a drawing room concert venue in The Hague, and commissioned two new works for unaccompanied cello which she performed in a concert called 'Inspired by Bach'. In the US, Katy premiered new works for cello at the 2009 Midwest Composers' Symposium at the University of Michigan and performed Steve Reich's 'Music for 18 Musicians' at Cincinnati's Music X Festival under the direction of Reich himself. In 2012 Katy moved back to Scotland and is based in Inverness where she enjoys teaching, performing and life with two children.
Robin Versteeg was born and brought up in Edinburgh, and studied at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Academy of Music in London. On moving to Strathspey in 2016, he established Cairngorms Music and enjoys a busy career as pianist, teacher, conductor and church musician. He has worked extensively for such organisations as the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Scottish Opera Education, and Cromarty Youth Opera. He has taught piano in several independent schools as well as being a music instructor with Dundee City Council. He recently joined the music examiner panel for Trinity College London. Robin continues to perform throughout the UK, and has played at the Royal National Mod, and for festivals in Inverness, Badenoch and Strathspey, and Lochaber.
From Dingwall in the Highlands of Scotland, Emma Donald has been playing the violin since the age of 8. Growing up, she enjoyed learning both classical and traditional Scottish music, and has strived to keep both passions running simultaneously. She has a first class honours degree in music from the University of Edinburgh, where she was leader of the three main student orchestras. This has given her the opportunity to work with inspiring conductors including Will Conway, Chris George and Russell Cowieson. Since graduating, she performs regularly with orchestras such as the Mahler Players and the Amicus Orchestra.