Tutors’ biographies

The Edinburgh Quartet

Tijman Huisingh                violin

Tom Hankey                           violin

Catherine Marwood               viola

Mark Bailey                            cello

The Edinburgh Quartet has long been celebrated as one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, having appeared regularly at prestigious venues across the UK and toured extensively across Europe, The Far an Middle East, and North and South America.


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 and In Tune (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.


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.