Abigail Hayward graduated from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire with first class honours and a postgraduate diploma with distinction. She has played with all the major Scottish orchestras and has toured with the Scottish Ensemble performing in the Wigmore Hall and in venues throughout Britain.
With the generous support of the countess of Munster, Musicians Benevolent and Leverhulme trusts, she commenced her Master of Performance at the Guildhall with Pierre Doumenge in 2011. As winner of an Ian Flemming award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, she continued her studies for a further year with Ursula Smith and graduated with distinction.
Whilst living in London she performed chamber music in the Barbican, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth halls and enjoyed a busy freelance career both as an orchestral musician and soloist performing in the City of London Music Festival and Pelplin Music Festival in Poland. Since moving back to Scotland, Abigail has joined the Sistema Scotland team at their Glasgow project, teaching children in Govanhill. As cellist of the prizewinning Aurea Quartet, she plays frequently throughout the UK and Europe. She also performs with Spira Mirabilis and Red Note Ensemble.