Tijmen Huisingh – violin
He was a laureate in numerous violin competitions in the Netherlands and at the International Chamber Music Competition 2007 “Rovere d’Oro” in Italy.
Early in 2017 he became a member of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. At the end of that same year he joined the prestigious Edinburgh Quartet as their new first violinist.
Recent highlights include appearances at the international chamber music festivals of Utrecht, the Hague, Schleswig-Holstein (Ger) and Staunton (USA), the European tour of Janine Jansen’s (cd) project ‘the Bach concerto’s’ as well as a tour of the Netherlands with Bach’s Goldberg variations with the Huisingh-Zemtsov-Wispelwey string trio.
You can catch him on the cd ‘Fuerza’ in Astor Piazolla’s ‘Four seasons of Buenos Aires’ with bandeonist Carel Kraayenhof or as one of the soloists on a recording of Vivaldi violin concerto’s with Combattimento Consort Amsterdam.
A cd with piano trio’s by Shostakovitch and Gál (with pianist Sarah Beth Briggs and cellist Kenneth Woods) is scheduled for release later in 2018 on the AVIE label.
He is a founding member of the Amsterdam Chamber Soloists, a piano quartet of four soul-mates. They perform in the major concert halls in the Netherlands and regularly for Dutch radio4.
Tijmen studied the violin at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Jan Repko, Lex Korff de Gidts and Ilya Grubert and finished his studies in 2007 at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole under the guidance of Pavel Vernikov and Oleksandr Semchuk in the ‘International Competition Preparation Course’.
He gratefully plays a 1750 Venetian violin by Sanctus Serafin and a Caressa-Francais bow kindly loaned to him by the NMF (Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation).
Tom Hankey – violin
He now leads a busy career as a violinist and violist.
Catherine Marwood – viola
Catherine Marwood studied at the Royal Academy Of Music and spent the following nine years playing with the Fairfield String Quartet with whom she toured Europe and recorded for the Hyperion label. She also explored the oboe quartet and string trio repertoire with her siblings in the Marwood Ensemble and together they recorded a disc of the music of Jean Francaix. In 1988 she was appointed principal viola with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a position she held for ten years. She appeared many times as soloist with the orchestra collaborating with such artists as Joseph Swensen, Yuri Bashmet and Ernst Kovacic and in the SCO’s chamber series she worked with Michael Collins, Stephen Isserlis, Peter Donohoe and many others. She also premiered and recorded Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Strathclyde concerto no 5. She was principal viola in the Scottish Ensemble with whom she recorded under the prestigious Wigmore Live label, frequently broadcast on Radio 3 and toured extensively in this country and abroad. Catherine works with many other chamber groups and orchestras and in 2009 she was appointed principal viola of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a member of the Hebrides Ensemble for over 20 years and values the opportunity to showcase contemporary music alongside more traditional repertoire. She joined the Edinburgh Quartet in 2017 and is loving the return to the pinnacle of the chamber music form and the challenges it brings. Catherine also examines for ABRSM both in the U.K. and in the Far East.
Mark Bailey – cello
He was then invited by PaulTortelier to study with him in France for two years, attracting scholarships from the British Council, The Countess of Munster and Suggia Trusts and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. There he was awarded the Premier Prix de la Musique de Chambre de Nice. Later he worked with William Pleeth and Jacqueline du Pré, as well as performing in master classes with, amongst others, Zara Nelsova and Johannes Goritzski.
As soloist he has broadcast for French & Spanish Radio and recorded recitals for the BBC. Works have been recorded under Meridian, Naxos, Delphian and The Divine Art labels. In the course of his distinguished career he has given recitals at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and has appeared as soloist in many leading British festivals.
Mark teaches cello and coaches chamber music at the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow, and Stirling – where the EQ is Quartet in Residence.