Iona is a violinist currently studying for her Master’s degree with Maureen Smith and Michael Foyle at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Born in Dumfries, and with her early education in Moffat, Iona is a well-known young musician around Dumfries and Galloway. She has been a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester since 2019 and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Ensembles since the age of 8, and is delighted to be joining them again in July 2021 as a soloist with the NYOS Junior Orchestra. Iona has been an Ambassador with the Benedetti Foundation for just over a year and has loved every minute of it. She can’t wait to continue to meet and work with lots of talented, inspiring and enthusiastic musicians throughout 2021, and to learn lots!