Violinist Eloise MacDonald recently graduated from her Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Music with Distinction under the tutelage of Radu Blidar and Catherine Martin on Baroque violin.
She completed her undergraduate degree there previously, as well as an Erasmus at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, studying violin with Philippe Graffin and chamber music with Itamar Golan.
Her awards include the International Music Competition London Grand Prize Virtuoso, Jonathan Willcocks Prize, Edward Alleyn String Prize, scholarships from the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and the WJ Smith Trust and a Beckenham Festival Gold Medal. Eloise has performed at festivals such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, WYE Valley Festival and Roman River Festival, and her solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, ARTE TV, NTS Radio and Resonance FM.
A keen chamber musician, Eloise is a member of the Maconchy Quartet who specialise in undiscovered and forgotten repertoire, with a focus on Dame Elizabeth Maconchy and female composers. They have performed across the UK in venues such as the Royal Opera House and King’s Place. Eloise is grateful to Mrs Joan Aubrey-Jones for the kind loan of her violin.