Introducing our new first violinist

The Edinburgh Quartet are delighted to announce the appointment of Tijmen Huisingh as their new first violin and leader, from 2018.  

After trial performances with a number of guest leaders during 2017, the Quartet took the decision to appoint Tijmen, bringing his international performance reputation and artistic calibre to their already acclaimed lineup: Tom Hankey, Catherine Marwood and Mark Bailey.

Mark Bailey, cellist in the Quartet, said: “We are absolutely delighted, after a long search, to welcome Tijmen aboard as our new first violin.  He is a wonderfully intuitive musician with a real flair and passion for quartet playing. Everything feels natural and uncomplicated as if we’re on a journey of discovery together. His total lack of ego is very refreshing too!  We look forward to some wonderful music making and exploring new and previously unchartered territory.  Exciting times ahead!”

The appointment comes in the midst of the Quartet’s exciting touring project North-South-East-West, which sees them travelling across Scotland to all four points on the compass delivering performances and events.  The project launched in Shetland, and will continue in 2018 with Fraserburgh, Whithorn and the Western Isles.

Asked about his new role, Tijmen said: “It’s a great honour and pleasure for me to become a part of the long and rich tradition of the Edinburgh Quartet, an institution full of life and shared objectives.  Playing with Cathy, Mark and Tom feels like a great gift – the warm humanity and genuine love for music making.  And then there’s this other passion which truly is in the DNA of the Quartet: bringing music to schools and communities in every corner of Scotland. A passion I share very much”.

Tijmen studied the violin at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, later going on to perform with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra to name a few.  He was a laureate in numerous violin competitions in the Netherlands and at the International Chamber Music Competition 2007 “Rovere d’Oro” in Italy. Alongside the Edinburgh Quartet, Tijmen currently performs with the Northern Sinfonia.

The Quartet are very excited about moving into this new chapter of the ensemble’s 58-year history, and are grateful for the important and continued support from Creative Scotland, Binks Trust and the Friends of the Edinburgh Quartet.