Tutors’ biographies

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The Edinburgh Quartet

(Leader, to be confirmed)

Gordon Bragg, violin

Fiona Winning, viola

Mark Bailey, cello

The Edinburgh Quartet was founded in 1960 and quickly became established as one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, appearing regularly at prestigious venues across the country including London’s Wigmore Hall and The South Bank Centre.  It achieved international recognition after winning the Contemporary Prize at the Evian-les-Bains String Quartet Competition and has since toured extensively across Europe, the Far East, North and South America and the Middle East.

 

During the 2012/13 season the Edinburgh Quartet undertook an innovative programme of activities which included two audience development initiatives - “Rush Hour” concerts and “Late Sessions” - in addition to their main Edinburgh Queen’s Hall series, as well as commissioning a new work from the young Scottish composer Helen Grime.  Other highlights of the season included acknowledging the Benjamin Britten centenary through performing his three string quartets to critical acclaim (“a searing, sharply etched performance… the players ensured would live long in the memory” The Scotsman, Oct 2012).

 

In addition to a busy concert schedule the Edinburgh Quartet is frequently featured in radio broadcasts for the BBC and other stations.  Recently this has included live appearances on Classics Unwrapped (BBC Radio Scotland) and Jazz Line-Up (BBC Radio 3) as well as video recordings for Studio One Sessions, which appear on the BBC Radio Scotland website.

 

The Edinburgh Quartet is committed to nurturing talent and is resident at Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Aberdeen and also maintains a strong association with the University of Edinburgh.  As well as giving a regular classical concert series at each of these institutions, the players work with composition students and instrumentalists.  In addition to working with university students the Edinburgh Quartet’s outreach programme encompasses workshops for primary and secondary school children and tutoring adults on the Variations Summer School in Ullapool and their own annual Spring Chamber Music Course in Linlithgow.

 

The Quartet has always been a champion of new music and has worked with many important and prolific composers of our age including James MacMillan, Michael Tippett and Howard Blake.

 

The Quartet has an extensive discography available on various labels such as Delphian, Linn, Meridian and RCA.  Among their recordings are the complete string quartets of Hans Gal (Meridian), Kenneth Leighton (Meridian) and Mátyás Seiber (Delphian), as well as discs of Bartók, Robert Crawford, Haydn, Schubert and Thomas Wilson.  Forthcoming releases include a “Russian”- themed CD of Haydn, Prokofiev and Shostakovich and a James MacMillan disc, both on Delphian.

www.edinburghquartet.com

Philip Burrin, violin

Philip was the Second Violinist of the Edinburgh Quartet for nearly fifteen years until March 2013 when he retired to devote more time to teaching and coaching.  From 1983 till 1998 he was Principal Second Violin of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra during which time the Orchestra toured extensively in Europe and produced several CDs. Before coming to Scotland, he was Head of Strings for one year at Westminster School, London. In 1976 he travelled to Bermuda as a member of the Heller String Quartet to work with the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. Previously the Heller Quartet had attended the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, Cornwall studying with Sandor Vegh and Philipp Naegele. Philip studied violin and viola at the Royal College of Music, London with Jaroslav Vanecek, John Ludlow and John Dyer.

Rosie Staniforth, oboe  

 

Rosie Staniforth was brought up in Yorkshire, where she began playing the oboe at the age of nine. She read Modern Languages at Oxford University before being awarded a post-graduate scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where she studied with John Anderson and Michael Winfield, and gave the London premiere of the Horovitz Oboe Concerto.

She continued her studies with eminent oboist Maurice Bourgue at the Geneva Conservatoire (where she gained a first-class Virtuosité diploma) and, subsequently, at the Paris Conservatoire, on the prestigious Troisième Cycle programme. Rosie has won numerous prizes at international competitions, including first prize at the Hans Schaeuble Cor Anglais competition, and has given many concerto performances, most recently Vaughan Williams in Glasgow and Strauss in Stirling.

Rosie is an active chamber musician – recent highlights include performances with the soloists of the Philharmonia and the Maurice Bourgue Wind Ensemble.

She accepted a permanent position with the SCO in 1998 after freelancing with many of the UK’s leading orchestras. In 2003 she was appointed to the teaching staff at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has been tutoring the oboe section of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland for several years.

Rosie Staniforth loves opera, horse-riding and dancing, in particular the Argentine tango, for which she travels to Buenos Aires as least once a year.

Maximiliano Martin, clarinet  

“Martin's playing has the easy virtuosity that only top class musicians can achieve.”  Hi Fi Choice

Maximiliano Martin is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and charismatic musicians of his generation. He combines his work as Principal Clarinet of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with many appearances as a soloist, guest principal clarinettist and chamber musician with prestigious ensembles and orchestras. 

After being appointed Principal Clarinet of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2002 and winning the Young Artists Platform Competition in the same year, Martín has since made debuts at the Wigmore Hall London, Queens Hall Edinburgh, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, St Davids Hall  Cardiff, Perth Concert Hall, St George’s Bristol, Brighton and Newbury Festivals and overseas at the Tallin Festival, Palau de la Musica Catalana and Teatro Monumental, Madrid.

As a soloist Martín has performed all the major concertos with orchestras such as Scottish Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Macedonian Philharmonic under the baton of Bruggen, Manze, Antonini, Swensen, McGegan, Canev and de Ridder. In the field of chamber music he has enjoyed collaborations with London Conchord Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, Moonwinds Ensemble, Doric String Quartet and with other artists such as Michael Collins, Paul Meyer, Alexander Janiczek, Pekka Kuusisto, Artur Pizarro, Christian Zacharias, Juho Pohjonen, Scott Mitchell, Radovan Vlatkovic, Sergio Azzolini, Maurice Bourgue, Alexander Melnikov, Caroline Widmann, Llyr Williams, Katherine Broderick, Peter Hill and Richard Watkins among many others.

 

He has performed in the most important concert halls and international festivals (Vienna, Lucerne, London, Salzburg, Brussels, Ámsterdam, Rome, Berlín, Hannover, Cologne, Leeds, Miami, Madrid, Zurich, Paris, etc) with orchestras such the London Symphony Orchestra,  the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Orquesta de Cadaques, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Kammerorkester, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orquesta de Radio Television Espanola and work with prestigious conductors like Abbado, Haitink, Colin Davis, Mackerras, Marriner, Berglund, Lopez Cobos, Elder, Krivine and Litton. He has been member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.

 

 

His debut album “Fantasia” and the recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra were released by Linn Records with great critical acclaim. In October last year he performed the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with SCO and André de Ridder which was broadcasted by BBC Radio 3. Martin has recorded with the Hebrides Ensemble the Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Times also for Linn Records, which was launched in May 2008 at the Wigmore Hall in London. His new recording "Vibraciones del Alma" with the pianist Scott Mitchell has been released in June this year with great success. Future releases include the Glinka Trio for Orchid Classics and the Menotti Trio for Champs Hill Records.

Martin was born in La Orotava (Tenerife) and studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Tenerife, Barcelona School of Music and later at the Royal College of Music in London where he held the prestigious Wilkins-Mackerras Scholarship, gradutated with distinction and received the  Frederick Thurston and Golden Jubilee Prizes. His teachers have included Joan Enric Lluna, Richard Hosford and Robert Hill.

 

Martín is also active in the education field –  he currently teaches at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and regularly gives master classes in Spain. Martín is one of the Artistic Directors of the “Chamber Music Festival of La Villa de La Orotava” held every year in his home town.

 

Maximiliano Martin is a Buffet Crampon Artist and plays with Buffet Tosca Clarinets.

 www.maximilianomartin.com