Zoë Beyers

Associate Leader

Born in South Africa, Zoë started playing the piano at the age of four and then - ‘after pestering my parents for two years’ – took up the violin at the age of six and says she has always loved the sound of the instrument.

Zoë had lessons with Noel Travers in Cape Town and then came to the UK to the Royal College of Music to study with Felix Andrievsky, Gaby Lester and Gordan Nikolitch. Whilst studying she freelanced in London and then joined the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as sub-principal 1st violin whilst in her final year at college. Zoë was a member of the SCO and worked with several other Scottish ensembles before joining the CBSO.

Highlights with the CBSO for Zoë include collaborations with colleagues for Centre Stage concerts, various Mahler, Stravinsky and Bartok performances with Andris Nelsons and ‘the War Requiem performances in Coventry and Dresden will stay with me forever’.

Outside of work Zoë enjoys spending time with her family and in her garden, trekking in remote places and walking in the hills ‘of my adopted and much-loved Shropshire’.

Zoë also works as a guest leader with other symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain but mainly tries to devote as much time as possible to playing chamber music. She is also a member of the Scottish-based chamber group the Hebrides Ensemble and enjoys teaching, having recently been appointed as a visiting tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire teaching violin and coaching orchestra’ sectionals and chamber groups.