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Hourly Rate
Primary £30.00
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00
Casual Learner £30.00


Hourly Rate
Primary £30.00
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00
Casual Learner £30.00

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Personal Description:

Paloma studied Classical Violin with Armando Toledo in Vigo, Spain. She gave numerous recitals all around the north of Spain both as a soloist and as part of the chamber Orchestra the Camerata Vigesa. She took her grade 8 ABRSM exam and passed with Distinction. She then went on to study Violin at Birmingham Conservatoire where she was offered a full Scholarship to study with Professor Jaqueline Ross (Julliard School), and Nathaniel Vallois. She has been selected for masterclasses held by Igor Frolov, Rosa Fein, Joji Hattori, Ilya Gringolts and Mayumi Seiler amoung others. In 2005 Paloma gained a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama again with a scholarship where she completed a Masters Degree in Performance and then continued her studies with Lucia Ibragimova (Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal College of Music).She now teaches Folk music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama together with fellow band member and fiddler extraordinaire Joe Broughton.


At the age of 11 she won the Yamaha Rock and Pop Awards for composition, Phil Collins being a member of the judges.
She was a finalist at the International Covilla Violin competition in Portugal and recieved the audience prize.
She recieved scholarships from Birmingham Conservatoire, Countess of Munster Trust and Caixanova for the continuation of her studies.
She has recently received an award from the prestigious Solti Foundation with her duo with pianist Melissa Morris.
She recorded a live album and DVD (Carlos Nunez Y Amigos) in front of 30,000 people which received the Spanish music award for the Best Folk Album 2005.
In 2009 she won the I Certamen Folk Plasencia with her band the Urban Folk Quartet.
She has just been awarded the prestigious Hancock award with the Urban Folk Quartet for best newcomers 2010.

Chamber Music

Whilst at Birmingham Conservatoire Paloma lead the Luna String Quartet with whom she participated in masterclasses held by the Allegri, Vogler and Maggini String Quartets as well as receiving masterclasses from Chris Rowland (Head of Chamber Music Manchester) and Mark Messanger (Royal College of Music). They were selected to take part in the London String Quartet Foundation and gave a number of performances representing the Conservatoire at the Chamber Music Week and as part of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society. Whilst at Guildhall, Paloma’s String Trio received much attention and was selected for coaching from members of the Tackas, Belclea and Heine Quartets.

Paloma gives a number of recitals each year all over the country with pianist Melissa Morris. The Trigas-Morris duo has been working together since 2007 and have recently won an award from the Solti Foundation.

Paloma has been working with her sister Aria Trigas ever since they were very young. They now have a duo together, Duo Trigas, and have toured Spain regularly.

Paloma has also collaborated with music collective Fifth Quadrant. She has recently been invited to tour the USA, Palestine, Gulf Staes and the UK with the group.

Orchestral Work

When she was only 10 years old she was accepted in the Barnes Youth Orchestra as one of it's youngest members with whom she gave many performances all around Britain. Three years later she formed part of the Camerata Viguesa touring Spain and Portugal playing both in the orchestra and as a soloist. During her time at the Conservatoire she lead both the Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestras as well as being chosen to take part in the Philarmonia project working with some of the best musicians on the scene. A few years later she also lead and co-lead the Symphony Orchestra at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama performing in the Barbican Centre, (Tasmin Little playing as soloist) and also participated in the Carter Festival that was broadcast live on BBC Radio.

Since leaving College Paloma has been invited to tour Canada, China and Spain with the Jenusses Musiclaes World Orchestra, one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world. She has also worked with the Orchestra of the Swan, the International Mahler Orchestra in St John Smith’s Square, London and has also been booked by the Sinfonia Cymru, the New English Concert Orchestra and the Heritage Orchestra performing in a combined concert with Massive Attack at the Royal Festival Hall, London.


In 2000 Paloma joined the Carlos Nunez Band with whom she has toured extensively, visiting many countries such as France, Portugal, Canary Islands, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, Japan and Morocco. Whilst in the band she has performed alongside many distinguished artists including The Cheiftains, Sharon Shannon, Dan ar Braz, Liam O’Flyn, Kodo Drummers and Altan in diverse venues around the world such as Dublin National Concert Hall, Teatro di Modena and playing in Festivals such as ‘Le Nuit Celtique’ (80,000 people), Villes Chareaux (50,000 people) and many more. Paloma has played to a wide range of audiences including the King and Queen of Spain. She recently recorded a live album and DVD (Carlos Nunez Y Amigos) in front of 30,000 people which received the Spanish music award for the Best Folk Album 2005.

Whilst at the Conservatoire she took up folk fiddle with Joe Broughton (Albion Band) with whom she has recently started her own band, the award winning UFQ, Urban Folk Quartet, which now takes up a lot of her time with their very busy touring schedule.


As well as regular recordings with Carlos Nunez, Paloma has appeared on recordings by The Cheiftains, The Rolling Stones and Rodrigo Romani, Chris While and Julie Matthews amoung others. She also played on the oscar winning ‘Mar Adentro’ (Sea Inside) by Pedro Almodovar and ‘Gedo Senki’ film sound tracks.

As well as the self entitled Urban Folk Quartet album out now on Fellside Records, the band have produced a limited edition live album and their latest release 'Off Beaten Tracks' receiving 5 star reviews across the board. They have recently finished a world tour which took them far and wide and they are now preparing for the festival season. For more info go to **Web Address Removed**

Tutoring Experience:

As well as co-leading the Guildhall Folk Ensemble in London, Paloma has worked closely with the Barbican Centre on a number of major educational projects involving children of all ages. The most recent project culminated in a performance on the Barbican main stage with 80 children in front of 2,000 people! She also teaches regularly at the Joe Broughton Fiddle School and is artistic Director of Wildfire Folk. This is a youth Folk Ensemble based in Lichfield that perform all year round by popular demand! They have recently finished a recording and will be playing in a number of folk festivals in 2013. She has also run workshops for children in both the Globe Town project and the award winning Connect Ensemble. More recently she has worked with MFY leading workshops all over the country including co-directing a project with 600 children performing at the RAH.

Tutoring Approach:

My approach to teaching is that enthusiasm should be the basis for everything. I try to make learning exciting, interesting, fun and engaging by tailoring what each student needs at any given time.

Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Spanish
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)


  • GSMD (2006) - MMus Performance (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • Birmingham Conservatoire (2005) - BMus 9Hons) Performance (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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