Genna Spinks

ARTFORMS: Music , Double Bass


While Genna was still an undergraduate at the RSAMD and playing in a concert, a visiting music professor in the audience leant forward and remarked on the wonderful playing of the bassist.
According to her nominator, Genna is one of the finest young string players ever to graduate from the RSAMD. She was showered with prizes before she graduated and has worked with the leading Scottish orchestras and ensembles.

Not only did Genna, from Stonehaven, win a coveted place at the world-renowned Juilliard School in New York but she was offered a generous scholarship as well. However, she would have been unable to take up this offer without the Dewar Award which filled the vital financial gap for her.

In her first year at Juilliard, Genna was invited to attend Jeff Bradetich's elite soloists programme in Texas, as one of only five bassists to be invited. Bradetich is regarded as one of the leading performers and teachers of the double bass in the US today.

How the Award Helped

Genna received a Dewar Arts Award towards her studies at Juilliard School in New York.

Since the Award

Genna writes that "The standard of playing [at Juilliard School] all round is phenomenal... all I had to do was step outside my [practice] room and listen."

Timothy Cobb, Genna's tutor at Juilliard School, says of her that she "is among the very best of talent at Juilliard - a wonderful young bassist, a dedicated and diligent worker, and truly one of the kindest and most pleasant students I have ever had."  Genna has won a full scholarship to continue her studies with Timothy Cobb at Lynn University in Florida.

The standard of playing [at Juilliard] is phenomenal. Having the chance to be around so many gifted people is very inspiring.