Madelyn Kowalski, Cello

Photo: Sarah Alice Douglas

Madelyn grew up on a small island in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. She studies with Alison Wells at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), completing her BMus degree in 2020 and continuing on the MMus course. She is the recipient of an ABRSM International Postgraduate Scholarship, awards from the William Syson and Hattori foundations, and Help Musicians. In 2018 she was 2nd prize-winner of the Concours International de Violoncelle ‘Tremplin’ in Paris. She has won many other prizes at the RCS and was awarded 2nd prize in the 2019 Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition in London. In 2019 as part of a small ensemble, she premiered a work written and conducted by Sir James MacMillan in the presence of HRH Prince Charles for his 70th birthday. Last year she gave the Scottish premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s cello concerto with the RCS orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Madelyn has performed many recitals with her duo, including recording streamed concerts for BBC Radio 3 and Chamber Music Scotland during COVID. She has attended festivals including Yellow Barn Music Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Hellensmusic, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Sitka International Cello Seminar. She has had masterclasses with cellists including Steven Isserlis, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Ralph Kirshbaum, Raphael Wallfisch, David Geringas, and Antônio Meneses. She has performed side-by-side with Scottish orchestras and has collaborated in chamber music projects with Joseph Swensen, and members of the Brodsky Quartet and the Hebrides Ensemble.