Freya has been a member of EYO since 2013. While she was a pupil at Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen, she attended the RCS Junior Conservatoire in Glasgow for 5 years, studying violin with Barbara Downie and Bernard Docherty. In her final two years at the Junior Conservatoire, she led the Senior Symphony Orchestra. Freya’s other orchestral experience includes playing with GYO, AYO, and NYOS, where she led the Childrens’ Orchestra. A highlight of her time at NYOS was playing at the Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in masterclasses with Leland Chen, Nicola Benedetti and Alexander Janiczek.
A well-rounded musician, Freya studied piano with Dr. Barbara Payne and recorder with Rosalind Coleman and Ian Wilson. Freya delights in chamber music and has won the Fortescue Silver Salver at the Aberdeen Music Festival and the Horace Fellowes Medal at the Edinburgh Competition Festival, both times with pianist William Gray. She enjoys traditional music and has attended courses in Skye with Adam Sutherland, Alasdair Fraser and Nathalie Haas. Having just completed an undergraduate degree in Classics at the University of Edinburgh, Freya was delighted to lead the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra and is honoured to be leading EYO again this year. After summer, Freya is going on to study a Masters degree in violin performance at RCS.