Maja Persson

YEAR OF AWARD: 2018
AGE AT AWARD: 19
ARTFORMS: Music , Flute , Piccolo
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Biography

Scottish flautist Maja is a passionate and hard working musician. 

In 2014, Maja was awarded a scholarship which enabled her to complete her final two years of schooling at Douglas Academy Music School.  During that period she took part in many diverse musical events including an invitation to perform at the Confucious Institute Annual Conference in London, which coincided with the state visit of the Chinese President. She also performed at the Scottish Parliament and was invited to give a solo performance at the 2014 National Sikh Banquet, in front of invited guests and several MPs.

As a soloist, Maja performed the Ibert Flute Concerto alongside the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Symphony Orchestra in 2016 after winning the Concerto Competition held at the Junior Conservatoire.  She has undertaken masterclasses with Sir James Galway, Michael Cox and Ian Clarke.

Maya gained a place to study on the BMus Performance degree at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Gitte Marcusson and Simon Channing, supported by the Henry Wood Accomodation Trust.  Alongside flute, she has studied piccolo with Stewart McIlwham and at the RCS with Alison Mitchell.

Maja is an avid orchestral musician.  She has played with several orchestras including West of Scotland Schools Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera Connect, NYOS Symphony Orchestra and participated in the NYO Inspire Project.  She was privileged to perform with NYOS at the Royal Albert Hall 2016 Prom Season.  Since her time at RCM, she has played as principal of the RCM Philharmonic Orchestra, RCM Opera Orchestra and performed with RCM Chamber Orchestra alongside members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Maja is also a keen chamber musician and performs regularly with her wind quintet, Ardor Ensemble, as well as with many other small ensembles.

How the Award Helped

Maya received an Award to support her in undertaking her studies at the Royal College of Music.

 



"I am extremely grateful for the Dewar award as it will help me fulfil my passion and further my career and exciting journey!"