Tamara Hardy

ARTFORMS: Double Bass , Music


An intelligent and thoughtful musician, Tamara Hardy (Tam) is a double bass player described by her tutor as 'one of the most proactive, innovative and original thinking students I have ever come across'.

Born and raised in the Highlands, Tam started playing double bass in primary school, when she was just 11. Less than a year later she was accepted into the Highland Regional Youth Orchestra, and by the age of 15, her passion for the instrument led her to audition for the Junior Academy at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She successfully gained a place and studied there for three years. 

In 2011, Tam began the undergraduate programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her four years in Glasgow offered Tam many opportunities including lessons and masterclasses with world renowned players.  She participated in apprenticeship schemes and collaborations with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Opera. 

Tam graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Honours , and was awarded 1st prize in the John McInulty Prizes for Orchestral String Playing. 

How the Award Helped

In 2015, Tam went on to gain a place on the Masters of Music course at the Royal Academy of Music. Her Dewar Arts Award enabled her to accept her place, and to fully benefit from the opportunity to realise her potential.

"It’s truly amazing to have come so far, and I would like to thank the Dewar Arts Awards for helping me to go even further."