Korean-born Raim Koo moved to Scotland when he was 4 years old. He started having cello lessons whilst still at primary school and won a place at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh in 2000.
Raim impressed his current cello teacher as being one of the few truly gifted young musicians she has taught. He combines a great natural facility, a love of music and an instinctive feeling for style, which is unusual in someone so young.
Between 2003 and 2006 Raim was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland and in 2004 travelled to China with the String Ensemble of NCOS to represent Scotland at the Tianjiu International Children’s Culture and Arts Festival.
He continued to be a member of the String Ensemble in 2005 and 2006 and in the same years successfully auditioned for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. In 2007 he represents St Mary’s Music School in masterclasses at the triennial International Cello Festival in Manchester.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help Raim purchase a performance standard cello equal to his outstanding talent as a player.