Sandy Bartai

Sandy Bartai

Sandy Bartai was born in the Shetland Islands and studied at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and at the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers were Moray Welsh and Leonid Gorokhov.

Sandy began his professional career with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and is now a member of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as performing with many other orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia. He has also performed as guest principal with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Orchestra of Opera North.

Sandy’s work encompasses a diverse range of musical projects, including improvising and writing scores for silent films with members of The Paper Cinema and The Cabinet of Living Cinema, and he has made three albums as a member of instrumental rock band The Pirate Ship Quintet.

Sandy’s interest in music pedagogy stems from his experience as a peripatetic teacher for the Wirral Schools’ Music Service, a role he performed for ten years early in his career, and which implanted a strong desire to mentor students in the broad range of skills they need to gain professional success. As part of this strand of his work, Sandy has both taught privately to students across all levels, and coached at conservatoire level as well as assessing and auditioning.