The dynamic violin and piano duo “Dyad” unites David Murray and Iona Brown, two of the North-East’s top performers, both passionate to perform the rich and varied sonata repertoire for this combination. Within their capacities as Heads of Studies at Newcastle University, they have both collaborated in several chamber music projects, most recently performing as a flute, violin and piano trio in Newcastle University King’s Hall lunchtime concert series.
David Murray Piano
David Murray has been recognised as one of the North East’s most acclaimed pianists, and is in constant demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician partner. He has been a regular accompanist for David Hallam, Sir Thomas Allen, Ian Partridge, Bradley Creswick and Alison Pearce, with whom he has appeared in recitals all over the world.
He is also well known as a choral trainer and conductor, and is permanent conductor of Bishopwearmouth Choral Society and Hexham Abbey Festival Chorus. Recently David had been instrumental in establishing two new chamber music series in Whitley Bay and Seaton Delavel which have proved highly successful and have attracted artists of international standing.
On an educational level David has been lucky enough to have helped inspire many young pianists who are now establishing their own musical careers, especially through his work at the Weekend school at Sage Gateshead, where he was Head of Keyboard Studies from 2004-2013. He continues to teach privately and is Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, a post he has held since 2001.
Iona Brown violin
Iona won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Christopher Rowland, Lydia Mordkovitch and Wen Zhou Li. Whilst in Manchester Iona helped to found Psappha, a contemporary music ensemble with whom she appeared live on radio 3, and in various concert series nationwide. She was also a member of Manchester Camerata, performing regularly with their chamber ensemble and appearing as soloist in Bach’s concerto for two violins.
Iona joined Royal Northern Sinfonia in 1995, and is a principal first violin. She has featured as soloist, leader and chamber musician with the orchestra in recent years. Iona performs regularly with the Da Vinci String Quartet, and has appeared in chamber music alongside many eminent musicians, most notably Bruno Pasquier, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Maurice Bourg and Lars Vogt.
In 2003 Iona was awarded an Arts Council grant for a sabbatical in Paris, where she studied with Jean-Jacques Kantarow. She also furthered her freelance as a guest principal with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and guest Principal second violin with the Hallé Orchestra.
Iona has been in demand as a soloist, performing concertos with many of the regions amateur orchestras including Orchestra North East, New Tyneside Orchestra, Cobwebs Orchestra, and Tynedale Orchestra. She also has appeared as soloist in the Midlands with the Charnwood Orchestra and the Loughborough Orchestra.
Iona is passionate about musical education, and was invited to adjudicate the preliminary rounds for BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2015 and 2017. She is a main tutor at The centre for Advanced Training at Sage, Gateshead and was appointed as Head of Strings at Newcastle University in 2016.
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AT THE GLOBE (when permitted)
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