Findlay Spence – Cello
Findlay began to learn the cello at the age of eight. In 2016, he began his studies with Melissa Phelps as a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London. Findlay has performed with orchestras around the country, often as principal cello or soloist.
He was principal cello of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in 2016, and performed the solo cello part in Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Piano Concerto in a worldwide radio broadcast from the BBC Proms. He has worked with world renowned conductors such as Bernard Haitink and Gustavo Dudamel and has performed in major concert halls and theatres in China. Chamber music plays an important role in Findlay’s life – he tours frequently with various ensembles.
In 2017, he has concerto engagements with orchestras in Britain and he will perform for the first time in France and Spain. Demonstrating a strong commitment to new music, he has recently commissioned a major new cello concerto from renowned Scottish composer Tom David Wilson, to be premiered in 2018. Last year, Findlay attained places at five conservatoires in Britain and secured the prestigious position of Musician in Residence at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge.
Findlay is generously supported by an Audrey Piggott Award, Dewar Arts Awards, The Cross Trust, Agar Awards, The Duncraig Educational Trust Scheme and Robertson Construction.