Iona McDonald is a violinist recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Maureen Smith and Michael Foyle. Born in Dumfries, and with her early education in Moffat, Iona is a well-known young musician around Dumfries and Galloway.
Iona was appointed as a Chamber Music Fellow at the Royal Academy for 2022/23 with her quartet the Asaka Quartet.
She is also a keen orchestral player and has been a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester since 2019. While studying, she regularly lead the Academy Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. Iona has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland ensembles since the age of 8. In July 2022 she was invited back as a soloist to perform Bruch Violin Concerto no.1 with the NYOS Junior orchestra.
Iona is passionate about music education and has been working with the Benedetti Foundation since January 2020 where she currently works as a Senior Lead Ambassador.