As a student in New York, she studied with both Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio and Zara Nelsova. During this time as a student, she won a full scholarship to Aspen International Summer Music Festival and participated in Pierre Fournier’s master classes in Geneva.
As well as playing principal cello with European Festival Orchestra at Les Jardin Musicaux, Deirdre has held positions with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra as principal cellist, The BBC Scottish Symphony as sub-principal and has recently joined the Philharmonia Orchestra's cello section. She has been guest principal cellist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The New Queens Hall Orchestra, the English Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and other UK and US.
Alongside her orchestral work, Deirdre has continued to remain very active in all her chamber music commitments and in 1996 joined the Smith Quartet which specializes in performing contemporary works both acoustic and with tape and/or live electronics. The quartet has commissioned many works, performed worldwide, produced recordings, and played for both radio and television.
Deidre doesn’t really have time for hobbies but when she can she enjoys yoga and is trying to relearn Dutch with the help of a couple of Dutch speaking colleagues.