“The sonorities of Carina Drury’s cello […] provided tension and bursts of lyricism.”
-Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
Carina Drury 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 in 2003, 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 awarded places on the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme and the Monteverdi Apprenticeship Scheme with the English Baroque Soloists and has toured with both orchestras. She has also toured and recorded with La Serenissima. Carina has toured in Norway as continuo cellist with Det Norske Blåseensemble and has performed as continuo cellist with the Irish choir Resurgam. She was a founding member of the trio ʻEnsemble Caravaggioʼ who won the Royal Academy of Music Nancy Nutall Prize, the Fenton House Ensemble Competition and performed at the Goettingen International Handel Festival.
Equally at home on modern and baroque instruments, she has toured in Europe, China, India, USA and South America with Camerata Ireland, and performed with pianist Barry Douglas and Cameratino at the Irish and UK Embassies in Paris. Carina has recorded and performed with Opera Holland Park for their productions of Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House and at Holland Park. She has also recorded as solo cellist for the BBC ‘Shark’ television series and for Boosey and Hawkes. 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. She has recently 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