Players

Tristan Gurney, violin

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Tristan Gurney studied the violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, with Yossi Zivoni and then at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, with Lorand Fenyves. Whilst at college, Tristan won numerous solo and chamber music prizes. He was also a leader and soloist with the RNCM orchestras and led the Gurney Quartet, who performed widely across the country, appearing at many prestigious festivals, including the BBC Proms Composer Portraits series, where they were broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. In 2002, Tristan began his professional career with a First Violin position in Northern Sinfonia, before joining the Edinburgh Quartet in 2007. In addition to his work with the quartet, Tristan regularly gives concerto and recital performances around the UK and is the Head of Strings at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He plays on a Ferdinand Gagliano violin.

Gordon Bragg, violin

Edinburgh Quartet-165Gordon graduated in violin performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with first class honours, studying violin with Simon Fischer. He participated in masterclasses with members of the Amadeus and Takacs quartets, and an Erasmus exchange to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He was also invited to participate in the International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove. Gordon was concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. He was also a founder member of the Maxwell Quartet. Gordon is also active as a conductor. Following studies in Manchester and Zurich, Gordon has conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Bayerische Kammer-philharmonie, Goettingen Symphonie Orchester and acted as assistant to Donald Runnicles at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Fiona Winning, viola

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Glasgow born violist Fiona Winning was until 2014 Principal Viola of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and before that the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. During her years in London she was a regular guest principal of the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras, including four seasons at Glyndebourne Opera. She is also a regular guest principal viola of the Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
For seven years she was a member of the Scottish Ensemble with whom she performed at the Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms, and at the Edinburgh International, Aldeburgh and City of London Festivals, and broadcast regularly on Radio 3.
Fiona studied at the Juilliard School in New York where she lived and worked for 6 years. When not playing the viola she enjoys climbing mountains and recently climbed 6000m peaks in the Bolivian Andes and the Himalayas.
Fiona plays on an Antonio Gragnani viola from 1780 for which she gratefully acknowledges support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments. She lives in Northumberland with her husband and son.

Mark Bailey, ‘cello

Edinburgh Quartet-180Mark Bailey studied at the Royal College of Music on a Foundation Scholarship where he won all the major cello prizes. On leaving in 1978, he was invited by Paul Tortelier to study with him for two years in Nice with scholoarships from the French Government, the Countess of Munster Trust and the Suggia Trust. He was subsequently sub-principal cellist of the English National Opera for four years before joining the Edinburgh Quartet. His cello is by Jacques Camurat (1989).