Stephanie Gonley announced as SCO leader

Stephanie Gonley  - Biography 2

We are delighted to welcome British violinist Stephanie Gonley as our new leader. The announcement comes as the Orchestra prepares for a tour to the Highlands, ahead of two concerts in the Edinburgh International Festival in August.

Stephanie will lead 8 weeks of concerts in the coming 2015/16 Season, including Handel’s Theodora and Bach’s Magnificat both directed by Richard Egarr, two concerts with Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine, New Year in Vienna directed by Joseph Swensen and our Family Concert The Crocodiamond. With our Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati on the podium, she leads Brahms Symphony No 3 and Ein deutsches Requiem as well as recording sessions of volume 2 of Haydn Symphonies (the first volume is due for release this September). She will also lead the Orchestra for two concerts at Edinburgh International Festival – a programme of Charpentier and Rameau conducted by William Christie and Stravinsky’s The Rakes Progress conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Our Chief Executive Roy McEwan said, “Stephanie has been a frequent guest leader with the Orchestra recently. She is a fantastic violinist and experienced leader who has built a superb rapport with us. Her versatility and musicality is just what we have been looking for. We are very excited to welcome Stephanie to the orchestra.”

Stephanie Gonley says, "I am delighted to be joining the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, whom I have admired for many years, and look forward to many exciting projects over the forthcoming seasons."

Stephanie will share her time leading the English Chamber Orchestra, which she has both directed and appeared as soloist with in concerts across the world. She was also leader of the Vellinger String Quartet, winners of the 1994 London International String Quartet Competition. She has recorded the Sibelius Violin Concerto conducted by Adrian Leaper and the Dvoƙák Romance with the English Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Sir Charles Mackerras. She is also a Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

We are all looking forward to working with Stephanie and getting to know her. The Orchestra plans to appoint a further leader in the near future.