ABOUT > Catriona Price
Fiddle player and composer Catriona Price is one of the most versatile musicians working in Scotland today. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music and spending her childhood in Orkney sessions and fiddle groups under the guidance of Douglas Montgomery (Saltfishforty, The Chair); Catriona is equally at home in a folk or improvisation session as in an orchestra or chamber group.
Catriona left home at the age of seventeen to complete her final two school years at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. She became a co-principal player in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain performing at the BBC Proms, and was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.
Whilst studying in Manchester Catriona joined forces harpist Esther Swift to form the duo Twelfth Day. They soon began playing all over the UK, and their unique music has taken them all over the world since. Their latest album Face to Face was nominated in the Scottish Awards for New Music 2020 in the ‘Innovation in New Traditional Music’ category.
Catriona began writing music at the age of eleven. Several melodies have been included in tune books and have been recorded by players around the world. Her first major commission ‘Hert’ – a 50-minute suite for string quartet, vocal trio, harp, piano, flute, drums and bass, was premiered at Celtic Connections 2020 and her string quartet piece ‘May Alone’ won Scottish Natural Heritage and Feis Rois’ 2020 ‘In Tune With Nature’ competition. She writes string and vocal arrangements for Fara, and in 2019 along with Esther Swift composed the soundtrack for feature length motion picture ‘The Right Bus’.