“The sonorities of Carina Drury’s cello […] provided tension and bursts of lyricism.”

-Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Cellist Carina Drury is a sought after baroque and modern cellist who works with many of the UK and Ireland’s leading period instrument ensembles and chamber orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Serenissima, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Ireland and the City of London Sinfonia.

Carina grew up in Dublin and started learning the cello when she was nine years old with Nora Gilleece. She was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Philip Sheppard and Jonathan Manson. She continued her MMus studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Richard Lester, supported by the Canary Wharf and Tower Hamlets Trust.

Carina performed as principal cello with the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2010 and worked under the direction of Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ton Koopman and Christina Pluhar. She was a Monteverdi apprentice with John Eliot Gardiner in 2013. She has since performed as guest principal cellist with Camerata Ireland, and as guest principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Glyndebourne Youth Orchestra for their performance of the community opera ‘Agreed’. She has toured in Norway as continuo cellist with Det Norske Blåseensemble and has performed as continuo cellist with the Irish choir Resurgam.

She twice won the Royal Academy of Music Nancy Nutall Prize, the Fenton House Ensemble Competition and has performed at the Goettingen International Handel Festival. She has performed with pianist Barry Douglas and Cameratino at the Irish and UK Embassies in Paris. She has also recorded as solo cellist for the BBC ‘Shark’ television series and for Boosey and Hawkes publications.

As a soloist, Carina performed C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto at the National Concert Hall in Dublin with the Orchestra of St. Cecilia in 2013, and Leo’s Cello Concerto at the Tilford Bach Festival in 2016 with the Royal College of Music Baroque Ensemble. She has released a Geminiani cello sonata recording on the ‘Directed by Handel’ album with Barn Cottage Records.


“Carina Drury performed [the] Cello Concerto which had highly operatic moments of lively dialogue and a brilliantly executed finale that sounded like peals of laughter.”

-Rosemary Wisbey, Tilford Bach Society

“As well as her role as a continuo player, cellist Carina Drury is the expressive soloist in Geminiani’s Sonata in F (H.107).”

-Andrew Benson-Wilson: Early Music Reviews