Dundee-born Miriam-Rose started to learn the violin when she was 12 and quickly showed natural talent. In those days, she played on a borrowed violin. When she was 16 she successfully auditioned for the BMus course at Glasgow’s RSAMD. By this time, she was playing for Scotland’s String and Youth Orchestras and was the youngest member of the prestigious Camerata Scotland.
After graduation Miriam-Rose continued at RSAMD to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance, helped by a full scholarship from SAAS, and she is currently continuing on their MMus course. She has played with all of the Academy’s orchestras and was co-leader of the Symphony Orchestra. She rates playing under the baton of the ‘inspirational’ Vladimir Ashkenazy as one of her musical highlights to date.
Miriam-Rose’s ambition is to play professionally in an orchestra and to that end she won a place on the RSAMD/Scottish Opera apprenticeship scheme. She has since played professionally with both Scottish Opera and the RNSO. Miriam-Rose has also been noticed as ‘an exciting and impressive young soloist’ by music critics whom she has impressed with the combination of excellent technique with an instinctive musicality and lovely tone.
Miriam-Rose has been playing on an old Italian violin on loan from the RSAMD since her second year of undergraduate study. Now it is time for her to have her own professional standard instrument.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award enabled Miriam-Rose to buy a contemporary Scottish-made Ewen Thompson violin, which is a high-quality violin at an affordable price for musicians at the start of their professional career.