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
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