Originally from Sussex, England, Annabel Kidd is currently undertaking an MA in Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Donald Grant. Previously she studied with Gina McCormack, Greg Lawson and Andrea Gajic. In July 2020 she graduated from the BMus course with Honors of the First Class. Her orchestral experience began in the Brighton Youth Orchestras with whom she played from the ages of 9 to 17, leading the Junior Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia for two years. She also led the Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble from 2013 to 2015 and spent three years with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain.
Since moving to Scotland, she has Co-lead Amicus Orchestra and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Chamber Orchestra. Also, whilst studying at the RCS she has participated in side by side schemes with the Scottish Ensemble and played side by side with the RSNO and Scottish Opera. In 2019 Annabel gave a week of chamber music performances in the Cantilena Festival on the isle of Islay.
In June 2015 she was awarded a DipABRSM and performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No.3 with the Brighton Festival Orchestra. Recently she has benefited from masterclasses and coaching with Rachel Podger, Leyland Chen and Vesna Stankovic. Annabel also enjoys teaching; her pupils range from ages 5-25 and in August 2017 and 2018 she worked as a violin assistant to Andrea Gajic and Lev Atlas on the RCS International violin and viola summer course. In the Summer of 2019, she gained a distinction in her ABRSM diploma in teaching. In 2020 she began working side by side with Nicola Benedetti as a 'Benedetti Ambassador'.
Annabel is a grateful recipient of the Universal Music UK Sound Foundation Scholarship.