Laura Newey is from Fife in Scotland and began violin at 3 and piano at 6. She was taken on by Anne Turner, St Andrews’ celebrated Suzuki piano teacher. She progressed rapidly on both instruments, becoming the youngest member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain when she was just 6, and performing solos on both violin and piano at the Royal Festival Hall aged 9. A year later when she was already post-Diploma standard on both instruments, she took up a scholarship at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester to study piano with Professor Dina Parakhina and violin with Maciej Rakowski.

Following some anguish, Laura dropped violin to focus on piano and composition, leaving Chetham’s after GCSEs to take up scholarships at Wycombe Abbey School and the Royal College of Music. This allowed her to continue her piano studies with Prof Parakhina while expanding her academic studies and musical opportunities. Over the past two years she has performed three times at the Wigmore Hall, as well as the London Charterhouse, the Sheldonian in Oxford, the Jersey Arts Centre and the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. She is currently taking a year out before studying Music at university.

Laura has won numerous awards and competitions in Scotland and England, including both the advanced and concerto classes of the Fife Festival aged 13, an open piano class at the 2016 Aberdeen Music Festival as well as the 2016 Jacques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival. She is the current holder of the Mackenzie Johnston Award celebrating the best young musicians in Scotland from Awards for Young Musicians.

A keen chamber musician, Laura played in several ensembles at school and at the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music, and was runner-up in the South-East Schools Chamber Music Competition and last year’s RCM Junior Department Chamber Music Competition.

Laura has always enjoyed composition. Studying with Dr Emma-Ruth Richards, she won a composer’s residency with the National Youth Orchestra last year, was short-listed for the Royal Philharmonic Society Duet Prize for Young Composers and won Composition classes at the Aberdeen and Glasgow Music Festivals. Her compositions have been performed at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s Music Room, the South Bank Centre’s Foyer, the Birmingham Symphony Hall’s Foyer, the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings, Somerset House, the Barbican and the Royal College of Music.

Laura is currently on a gap year, living between Scotland, London and Amsterdam. While continuing her musical studies, she is also teaching, recording with a group of jazz-playing friends and working as a professional arranger of classical, jazz and popular music.

In October 2018 Laura will take up a place to read Music with a Choral Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford.