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Findlay Spence


"the subtlety of Spence's playing brought out every delicious nuance and change of seemed to touch the infinite" (The Times *****)

Described in The Guardian as "exciting, engaging and profoundly musical", Scottish cellist Findlay Spence has performed at festivals and venues throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal. Recent chamber performances include Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. 


He has performed major cello concertos with numerous British orchestras, as well as contemporary concertos by John Bevan Baker and Tom David Wilson. Findlay has been invited for residencies in association with Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Musethica, McGill University Montreal, Lucerne and the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, and participated in masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Torleif Thedén, and Johannes Goritzki. He received the 2021 Kirckman Society Award and has performed alongside the Doric, Edinburgh and Sacconi String Quartets. In 2023 Findlay will give his debut recital at the Grafenegg Festival.

Findlay has performed as Principal Cello of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, Riot Ensemble, Grafenegg Academy Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Ensemble Modern Hans Zender Akademie as well playing regularly with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, English National Opera Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra, and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Findlay is Musician in Residence at St. Paul’s, Knightsbridge, where he frequently performs and writes for the resident professional choir. He is also Resident Cellist at W. E. Hill & Sons, where he has the opportunity to play and critique the finest modern and antique instruments.

Findlay was a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Melissa Phelps, and he is now mentored by John Myerscough of the Doric String Quartet. Previously he studied at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh with Ruth Beauchamp.

Findlay plays Robert Brewer Young’s ‘Rostropovich’ cello, generously loaned to him by the St. Paul’s Foundation.

Whenever he can find a gap in his schedule, Findlay returns to the Cairngorm Mountains with his 1-person tent.



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