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Victoria Fifield

Victoria.pngVictoria Fifield was brought up in Glen Tanar, Aberdeenshire where she began learning the violin aged 8. She learned with several local teachers before studying at St Marys Music School, Edinburgh.

In 2000, Victoria was awarded a scholarship to study classical violin and jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst in London, she also formed Basquiat Strings with leader/cellist Ben Davis. The ground breaking, improvising string group went on to enjoy considerable critical success including a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize for their debut album.

Since graduating in 2004, Victoria has pursued a varied career performing and recording with a wide range of artists alongside teaching. In 2009 she also gained a second degree in graphic design from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen - another creative passion. Victoria also spent a year teaching violin at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in the West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories and continues to work with various Palestinian/Arabic musicians.

 

Jenni Harra

Jenni.pngOriginally from Finland, Jenni started her cello studies at the age of 6 in Tampere, where she studied under Pirjo-Riitta Toivakka, Tuula Tikkala, Lauri Voipio and Pauli Heikkinen.

Jenni holds several diplomas in music: Orchestra and Ensemble Musician from Tampere Conservatoire, and Bachelor of Music in Music Pedagogy from Tampere University of Applied Sciences. In 2016 she obtained her diploma of Master of Arts in Music with distinction from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel where she studied under Viviane Spanoghe, a former student of János Starker and Maria Kliegel. In 2011 Jenni studied in Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Czech Republic.

Besides performing as a member of several ensembles playing classical music ranging from small chamber music groups to symphony orchestras Jenni has participated in various projects including free improvisation, pop music and musicals. She has also participated in projects with dancers and worked in recording studios. Jenni has a wide range of teaching experience from Finland and Belgium with both groups and individuals, children as well as adults. She believes that music is everyone’s birthright and works actively to make music education available to everyone. Jenni has been a part of Big Noise Torry team since December 2016.

 

Francis Moore-Colyer

francismc.jpgIn years gone by Francis spent many hours with a violin under his chin. He then went on to study music at King’s College London and The Royal Academy of Music. With extensive experience in orchestral playing and chamber music and playing in numerous bands in recent years — at barn dances, in cinemas, aircraft hangers, muddy fields, on theatre stages, and at a variety of venues across his known world — Francis has come to love all types of music and improvisation.
He wants to encourage young people to have fun making music together. Francis believes that live music is one of the greatest things in life.
 

Laurie Rominger

laurie.jpgViolist, Laurie Rominger, is a native of North Carolina, USA. An active orchestral and chamber musician, she has been a member of numerous full and chamber orchestras in the US, Germany, and Austria. She maintains an active schedule as guest recitalist, with recent appearances in Central America, Europe, and across the Southern United States. In 2015 she was featured on Panama’s national radio station and served as guest artist at the Alfredo Saint Malo Festival in Panama City.

As a teacher, Laurie has served as a viola teaching assistant at both Louisiana State University and Florida State University. She has worked within various iterations of El Sistema around the world, as she spent three years on the faculty of Kids' Orchestra in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and she also served as Academic Coordinator and Director of String Activities for Fundación Sinfonia Concertante de Panama (FUNSINCOPA) in Panama City, Panama.

Laurie holds a Doctorate in music performance with a minor in education from the Louisiana State University, as well as a Master’s of Music from Florida State University, and a Bachelor in Music and German from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research interests include musicianship in string classrooms and beginning string method books.

 

Marina Sánchez Cabello

marina.pngMarina Sánchez Cabello studied her BMus degree at the Conservatory “Victoria Eugenia” in Granada deciding to take her last year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) as an Erasmus student. She enjoyed her time at the RCS so much that she decided to stay for Masters obtaining a MMus degree in performance with Robert Irvine and Alison Wells. Marina has participated in Masterclasses with Professor Lluis Claret, Dennis Parker, Suzana Stefanovic, Gary Hoffman, Peter Whispelway and Philip Higham.

With a keen interest in orchestral playing, Marina has been a member of the Academy of Orchestral Studies, Barenboim-Said Foundation, Sevilla, as well as playing with a variety of different orchestras including The Youth Orchestra of Andalucía and the JONDE (Young National Orchestra of Spain). She has also played with Granada City Orchestra (OCG), The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The RSNO, Scottish Ensemble and Scottish Opera as part of their Side by Side and apprenticeship schemes.

Marina has always been very interested in chamber music, participating in several festivals such as: The Chamber Music Series of the Academy of Orchestral Studies Andalusian Public Foundation Barenboim-Said Cycle; in the International Music Festival (City of Ubeda); in concerts for the expansion programme of activities of the Festival of Music and Dance, FEX and in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Recently she has participated in Live Music Now projects with the Dohnányi string trio.

Her passion for teaching has encouraged her to participate in several workshops such as the SCO/RCS Animateur Scheme, and she has recently worked for RCS Music Centres in Stirling (Bannockburn) as a lower string tutor. She is excited to be joining Big Noise Torry and looking forward to working with the children.

 

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