I grew up in Gran Canaria, Spain, where I started playing the trumpet aged nine. I’d wanted to start a year earlier but my mouth hadn’t developed fully enough to start on the trumpet, so I played the piano for a year first. I loved playing music on the island, especially as the auditorium was on the beach(!) and orchestral rehearsals were usually followed by beach days with friends.
During my school years, I made regular trips to the UK to take part in the National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, eventually moving to Manchester for my final two years of school to attend Chetham’s School of Music. The music was fantastic, the weather was not.
I completed my undergraduate and master's degrees at the Royal College of Music, completing my third year in New York at the Manhattan School of Music. I now freelance in London and Spain, mainly with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.
Aside from music I have a strong passion for theatre and sports, particularly kickboxing (despite being a musician) which my mother is not so thrilled about.
Royal College of Music
If you weren't a musician, what would you be?
I’d love to do theatre! I’ve accompanied my music with theatre all my life, often combining the two as an actor-musician in plays and musicals. The most memorable production was for the new musical BRASS with the National Youth Music Theatre company, which won us a UK Theatre Award in 2014.
What’s your most memorable moment as a musician?
I recently played for the centenary of Stonehenge being gifted to the nation, with London Sinfonietta. We had a 6:30am call to do Press before the public arrived at the Stones, so we arrived when it was dark and were playing inside the Stone Circle as the sun rose over the mist through the stones. It was stunning and I felt hugely privileged. Then it started raining and I changed my mind.