Daisy VatalaroBiography - Daisy Vatalaro

Daisy read Music and History of Art at Clare College, Cambridge before completing her Masters with Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music, New York. She has also studied with Louise Hopkins and David Waterman and taken masterclasses with William Pleeth and Frans Helmerson.

For five years she was cellist of the Bronte Quartet. Prize winners at the 8th International String Quartet Competition in Cremona and winners the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music prize, they performed repeatedly at the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, on BBC Radio 3 and at festivals including Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Brighton and Chelsea. She now plays in a wide variety of groups and settings, from Baroque cello to rock festivals, from chamber music and duo projects to freelancing with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Period groups she has played with include Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, Les Siècles and the Gabrieli Ensemble. Other groups include the Chamber Players, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players. She has toured round the world with Imogen Heap and worked with various jazz/rock/alternative musicians including Gilad Atzmon, Robert Wyatt and Elysian Fields.

Daisy teaches Dalcroze Eurythmics and chamber music at Junior Guildhall and Pro Corda, has coached quartets at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music, and has taught at the National Youth String Academy and Cadenza. She is also Outreach Co-ordinator for Pro Corda, has run courses for Lambeth Inharmony and leads creative musicianship workshops for children with Special Educational Needs. She has taken part in outreach/education work for the Wigmore Hall, Spitalfields Music and the Florestan Festival and has run a residential course at Pro Corda for Lambeth In Harmony.

Daisy has written a number of arts articles for the FT Magazine and sleevenotes for recordings by the Dante Quartet and Aronowitz Ensemble.