Sarah was born and raised in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, where she started the
fiddle at the age of 6.
Always having played both classical and Celtic styles, she continued on to graduate from the RCS (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow, with B.A (honours) in Musical Studies and Post Graduate Diploma of Music in performance. Having played regularly with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, she was given the opportunity to tour Austria, Croatia and Slovakia with them in 2002. As well as orchestral work, chamber music such as string orchestras and quartets always played a large part in her performance career.
Since then, Sarah focused mainly on Celtic fiddle and has been part of collaboration from New Zealand called Pacific Curls. This female trio is a fusion of Pacific, Maori and Celtic compositions, as well as traditional workshops in instrumentation and dance. Their distinct musical sound took them on an international journey throughout New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Asia, Europe and UK, performing at folk and world music festivals and working for RATF (Rural Arts Touring Forum).
Recently Sarah has been teaching with Aberdeenshire council and performs regularly with Frank Thomson and his Scottish dance band, as well as a few ceilidh/cover bands throughout the UK. Being a mum of two has brought Sarah back to her homelands to explore her passion of teaching children the art of the violin!
Born in Aberdeen, Andrew studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Gina McCormack and James Clark. Passionate about chamber music, he regularly performs across the country with the Nexus Duo, including concerts for Goosfest, the Bollington Arts Centre and the Lake District Summer Music Festival. Andrew has also played alongside the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic, and as Principal Second Violin with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland played in the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall.
Andrew is also a keen singer, having been a choral scholar at St. Machar’s Cathedral in Aberdeen. When not playing music, he loves to explore different cuisines when cooking and enjoy the great outdoors.
Born in Southampton, Sarah studied the cello with Anthony Lewis and Derek Simpson while completing her music degree and later with Leonard Stehn at the London Guildhall School of Music. After received a Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Goldsmith’s College, she briefly worked as a freelance cellist in London.
Her passion for travel led her to travel the globe, living and working in Australia, New Zealand, Abu Dhabi and India. She held cello positions with the West Australian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and in New Zealand with the Auckland and Christchurch Orchestras. She gained extensive chamber music experience performing in a piano trio with her violinist husband. More recently she took up the double bass and joined the Australian Defence Force as a band member in Tasmania.
As a passionate advocate of music education and its transformative potential she has always taught both privately and in schools, colleges and universities. Former positions include head/director of music, head of strings, class music teacher and youth and community orchestra conductor.
Sarah is thrilled to join the Big Noise team in Scotland and looks forward to seeing many young lives filled with joy and enriched.
Ewa studied viola performance at the Warsaw Academy of Music ( presently known as Warsaw University of Music). In 1997 she graduated with a distinction gaining her Master degree.
In the years 1997-2000, Ewa was employed by the Chamber Stage of the National Philharmonie in Warsaw as a soloist, performing about 200 concerts a year for the schools and communities in Poland.
In the years 2000-2018, Ewa was living in Cyprus where she had the honour to work as the Principal Viola of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
Ewa is equally passionate about playing her instrument and teaching young musicians. Ewa participated in summer courses in Poland, Cyprus, Palestine and in the UK (Dartington Music Summer 2000).
Ewa was a coach of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus and she dedicated most of her free time to teaching.
A few years ago Ewa got inspired by Sistema Scotland and in 2018 she decided to move to Aberdeen where Ewa currently works as a member of the team of Big Noise Torry teachers.
Ewa already had the honour to be invited to play as a member of Aberdeen Sinfonietta and also enjoyed cooperation with the Rococo Quartet.
Ewa’s native language is Polish and she speaks English, Russian and Greek.
Jesus Rodriguez Soto
Born in Delta Amacuro, Venezuela, he began his musical studies at the age of 12 in "El Sistema" Venezuela receiving Cello and Music Theory classes where, later, he gave his first Cello classes. In 2010 he joined to the National Children's Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in which he participated with Sir Simon Rattle and Gustavo Dudamel.
In 2012 he became director of the San José de Tucupita Nucleus, giving cello classes to children and young people and conducting children's and pre-children's orchestras. That same year he entered as an active student of the Latin American Cello Academy receiving classes with nationally recognized teachers.
In 2013 he entered the National Academic Training Program for Young Conductors of "El Sistema" in which he trained as an Orchestra conductor. He joined the Guárico State Symphony Orchestra as a Cello Tutti player and began as a Cello teacher at the "Jesús María Torrealba" Nucleus in San Juan de los Morros, Guárico State in 2015. He was appointed director of the Children's Orchestra of that Nucleus and later of the Youth Orchestra.
He has received classes and conducting courses with Maestros such as David Cubek, Alfredo Rugeles, Gregory Carreño, etc.
In 2017 he was appointed director of the Guárico State Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 he travelled to the city of Trujillo, Peru to work with the "Arpegio Peru" Association as a Cello teacher, music theory and director of the Youth Orchestra.
He currently serves as the Lower Strings teacher at "Scotland System" at their centre in Big Noise Torry.
Fiona Thain (Maternity Leave)
Fiona was born in Aberdeen and enjoyed growing up in the North East of Scotland playing violin and fiddle.
She starting learning violin/fiddle in Primary 3 and very soon found the joy of playing music with others- joining as many local groups as possible such as Garioch Fiddlers traditional fiddle group and the Aberdeen and Shire Music Centre orchestras, took part over several years in many music sessions with various multicultural youth groups from across the world at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and more latterly played with the Inverurie Orchestra, the Grampian Concert Orchestra and the Aberdeen City Orchestra as well as still playing regularly with various Ceilidh and covers bands around Scotland.
Fiona hopes all children can enjoy the varied and exciting experiences playing music and making music with others brings.
Violist, 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.