Trailblazing a path as a cello soloist, Juliette Lemoine is exploring and redefining the cello’s role within Scottish Traditional Music. She recently burst onto the Scottish music scene with her debut album ‘Soaring’, supported by the Beatrice Huntington Award for cellists, launching the album with a sold-out headline performance at Celtic Connections 2023. Her emotive compositions weave through Scottish Traditional, Western Classical, and Jazz genres to create a highly personal new voice. Leading an all-star band of some of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians in the unique line-up of cello, fiddle, piano, and tenor saxophone, the album is a euphoric celebration of the theme of freedom.
‘A seamless fusion of Scottish traditional music and jazz, with the cello –– an unusual star in both these traditions –– to the fore.’ –– The Arts Desk
Juliette is fascinated by the cello’s potential to take on a lead melodic role in a traditional music context, in the way a fiddle typically would, and finding ways to retain the same fluidity, bowing style, ornaments and authenticity. Her playing has taken her across the UK performing at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Tradfest, Blas Festival and HebCelt. She holds a 1st Class (Hons) degree in Traditional Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was the only member of the Nevis Ensemble to hold a music degree in a genre out-with western classical music.
‘One of Scotland’s leading lights in trad cello’ –– Natalie Haas
An experienced teacher, teaching both traditional and classical music for a number of years, Juliette is a cello tutor at ‘The Folks’ Music Project CIC’ alongside having taught at the RCS Juniors and the Glasgow Folk Music workshops. She has had the privilege to study with a wide variety of top-class musicians throughout her degree, including Marie Fielding, Innes Watson, Robert Irvine, Martin Storey, Alison Wells, Patsy Reid, and Alice Allen. This has deeply informed her teaching style, which she adapts to to allow each student to meet their unique personal goals. She is a member of Live Music Now with her duo partner singer-songwriter Nicky Murray.
Juliette is passionate about exploring the cello’s potential in driving the musical narrative in a traditional music context as a fiddle typically would. Her playing has taken her across the UK performing at festivals such as Blas Festival, Celtic Connections, HebCelt, Aberdeen Jazz Festival and the BBC Proms alongside members of the BBCSSO. She works as a session musician in a range of settings alongside musicians and bands such as Corto.Alto, Josie Duncan, Fergus McCreadie, Seonaid Aitken and Mark Hendry. Juliette is a member of the Nevis ensemble.
She is also an experience teacher, having taught both traditional and classical music for a number of years including deputy work at the RCS Juniors and the Glasgow Folk Music workshops. She is a cello tutor at ‘The Folks’ Music Project CIC’. Juliette has benefitted from top-class tuition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (under Marie Fielding, Innes Watson, Robert Irvine, Martin Storey, Alison Wells, Patsy Reid and Alice Allen) where she was awarded a first class honours degree in traditional music, and this has informed her teaching style which she adapts to ensure the optimum experience for each student.