We are accepting applications for boarding and day places for Autumn 2020 entry. 

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Carol Cook, Violin

Carol Cook, a native of Scotland, is the newly appointed principal violist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and has appeared as both a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls worldwide. Last season, she performed alongside violinist David Perry as the viola soloist with the Chicago Philharmonic. In addition, Cook performs frequently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra. She toured as guest principal violist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra throughout Australia and New Zealand, and is a current member of the Rembrandt Chamber Players as well as the newly formed string trio, Dorel Ensemble.

Cook is a former member of the Appalachia Waltz Trio with Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O'Connor. The trio toured extensively throughout the US and released an album entitled Crossing Bridges. Cook holds a Masters Degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Toby Appel and Hsin-Yun Huang, as well as an Artist Diploma from Oberlin, where she studied with Roland Vamos. She holds a Bachelor Degree from Guildhall School in London, under the instruction of David Takeno. When she is not playing her viola, Cook loves to golf and ride her road bike.

Carol Cook 1987 - 1994

Carol Cook, Violin

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St Mary’s Music School is one of the nine specialist Music and Dance Schools the UK (and the only one in Scotland)  funded by the UK Government and providing the finest training in Britain. It is a co-educational, non-denominational specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally. 

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