Yendy De Abreu
Yendy De Abreu was born in Caracas, Venezuela. At an early age she joined El Sistema in her hometown where she developed her viola skills and took her first steps into the music world and orchestras. Her music career started when she was eight years old, first forming at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas, then later moving into the Teresa Carreño Orchestra and the Mozarteum Caracas. During this time, she formed part of several international tours and festivals, such as, the Salzburg Festival and numerous others with the World Orchestra. Her experience provided her with vast opportunities that allowed her to play with different Orchestras in China, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, UK, France, Venezuela, Germany, etc and with multiple personalities such as: Simon Rattle, Josept Vicent, Wolfram Christ, Julia Purgina, Pierre Xuereb, Claudio Abbado and many more.
Most recently, Yendy spent four years in Paris further developing her musical studies at the music Conservatory "Edgar Varesse" and working in different schools such as "Le Poeme Harmonique", as a violin/viola teacher. Yendy now lives in Scotland, playing regularly for The Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra, The Aberdeen Sinfonietta and being a support musician for Big Noise Torry.
Yendy loves working with children, what she likes the most about working with Big Noise is that they do an important job making music accessible for everyone. For Yendy, working in Big Noise has been an inspiration.
Shannon began her musical journey aged nine with violin lessons through the Suzuki method. This led to her participating in many events such as the Glasgow Music Festival where she was awarded the Iain MacIntyre Bursary which gave her the opportunity to attend the European Youth Summer Music course in England. Shannon has also been a member of the National Children's Orchestra of Scotland. For her final year at secondary school she attended the Music School of Douglas Academy.
After leaving school, Shannon went to the Isle of Uist to study Traditional Music. This allowed her to broaden her skills not only as a classical violinist but also as a Scottish fiddler. Now, she is learning the North East Fiddle Style which has allowed her to compete at local competitions. The most recent achievements are placing second in all of her classes at the Banchory Festival of Scottish Music and receiving first place at Aberdeen Music Festival.
Currently, Shannon is a fourth year BMus(Hons) Community Music student at Aberdeen University. Additionally, she is leader of the University's Symphony Orchestra and the quartet, Bowtied.
With her new role as a support musician, she is excited to join the team in giving children the opportunity to engage in music and find their own artistic voices.