Kay Stephen

 

Born in Aberdeen, Kay divides her time primarily as violist with the Gildas Quartet, violinist and violist with the Jacquin Trio and as co-principal viola in the Manchester Camerata.

As a member of these ensembles she has been a recipient of numerous awards including the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Prize and the Audience Engagement Prize at the Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition, Graz. She has been supported by the City Music Foundation, the Tunnell Trust and twice by the Park Lane Group, performing in major UK venues including Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall and frequently on BBC Radio 3.

Kay has been invited as guest violist with the Elias Quartet and the Edinburgh Quartet as well as playing regularly with Ensemble Deva, resident ensemble of the Storyhouse, Chester, and the recently formed Manchester Collective.

Frequently performing as principal viola and soloist with the Manchester Camerata, she has also appeared as principal with Camerata Alma Vivaand as guest co-principal with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kay also freelances on the violin, and has performed with groups such as Red Note Ensemble, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Halle.

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