“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
Carina Drury is a highly versatile baroque and modern cellist who works with the UK and Ireland’s leading period instrument and chamber ensembles 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 Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf 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 the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Glyndebourne Community Opera 2019), La Serenissima and Camerata Ireland. 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, was a winner of the Fenton House Ensemble Competition and has performed at the Goettingen International Handel Festival as a founding member of the Ensemble Caravaggio trio.
Carina has performed with pianist Barry Douglas and Cameratino at the Irish and UK Embassies in Paris. She has also recorded for the BBC ‘Shark’ television series, ITV’s Endeavour 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 in 2016 she performed Leo’s Cello Concerto at the Tilford Bach Festival with the Royal College of Music Baroque Ensemble.
She has released a Geminiani cello sonata recording on Olwen Foulkes’ ‘Directed by Handel’ album with Barn Cottage Records. Carina has been awarded a DYCP grant from the Arts Council of England and in Spring 2020 she will be recording her debut album, ‘The Baroque Cello in Ireland’.
“The sonorities of Carina Drury’s cello […] provided tension and bursts of lyricism.”
-Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
“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