YOUNG VIOLINIST UP TO HIGH DOH

TALENTED St Andrews violinist, Robert Torrance, is up to high doh

The 14-year-old musical genius won the prestigious Open String Competition at the Edinburgh Music Festival solo class after fighting off stiff opposition from all over Scotland.

Robert, who has been a pupil at St Leonards School for the past two years, is a music scholar, in recognition of his exceptional talent.

He is taught by the international violinist, Vladislav Steinberg, resident music teacher at St Leonards.

Robert is also a member of the National Youth Orchestra for Scotland.

He said this week: "It's great to come first in such an important event. It was quite daunting competing with adults and I am delighted to have won.

"The past two years at St Leonards have been marvellous. As well as the exceptional music facilities and teaching, there is an amazing selection of subjects, sport and other activities on offer; there is never a dull moment!"

In September, Robert will be joined by his two brothers - Peter, aged 16, and David, aged 11, who have both recently been awarded music scholarships at St Leonards.

They are members of the National Children's Orchestra for Scotland.

Mrs Marilyn Cleobury-Jones, head of music at St Leonards, said: "I am absolutely delighted to have such talented, hard-working and dedicated young musicians in the department."