Victoria 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.
Originally from Romania, Alexandra earned a Bachelor and a first Master’s degree in violin performance of modern and contemporary pieces for solo violin at Gh.Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Soon after, she continued her studies at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, Switzerland where she earned a Master’s degree in violin performance and another Master in violin pedagogy with a special prize from the jury for both her final thesis and recital.
As a violonist she has been member of various orchestras such as Transilvania Philharmonic in Romania, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Opéra de Lausanne, Menuhin Gstaad Festival in Switzerland and had the chance to work with great professors : Mihaela Martin, Virginie Robillard, Lihay Bendayan. She has performed regularly in solo recitals, radio transmissions and chamber music recitals with her string quartet SottoVoce.
With a keen interest in different approaches of teaching violin, she followed the Suzuki teacher training level 1, in Zurich. Alexandra believes that every child is gifted and has great potential to play an instrument as long as the adults create a healthy learning environment for them.
She is very excited to join the Big Noise team and to help transform children's life through music.
Ignasi Sole Pinas
Born in Catalonia in 1991, Ignasi Solé Piñas starts his studies in cello at the age of three. Tutored by the catalan music pedagogues Joan Vidal, Karen Martinez and the outsanding Spanish Cellist Iñaki Etxepare. During childhood and as a teenager, Ignasi won several prizes around Catalonia. It is in 2011 that Ignasi is accepted in the Conservatory Liceu of Barcelona with the Soloist of the National Spanish Orchestra, Angel Luis Quintana and wins the position of Soloist with the Youth Opera of Catalonia. In his last year of Bachelor, Ignasi is invited by the italian violonist Corrado Bolsi to be part of the professional Chamber Orchestra of Granollers.
In 2015 Ignasi is Accpeted in the Conservatory of Rotterdam as a Master student with the teachers Herre-Jan Stegenga and Jeroen den Herder.
Besides his former teachers, Ignasi received lessons from the principal cellos of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest from De Hague and the soloist from the Wrocław Philharmonic (Poland), who openly invited Ignasi to join the NSF Academy Orchestra and the worldwide famous baroque cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras.
Furthermore, Ignasi has participated in conducting lessons from Hans Leenders, the assistant of Valery Gergiev, who selected Ignasi to play as cello tutti in the Gergiev Summer Festival. Moreover, Ignasi is the founder of “Trio Sole” Piano trio, which has been invited to play in several music halls over the Netherlands like de Doelen, house of the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Young and full of energy and passion for education, Ignasi is now working for Sistema Scotland in the Big Noise Torry team (Aberdeen).
Marina Sanchez Cabello
Marina 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 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 Granada City Orchestra (OCG)
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 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.
Ulla-Riikka started playing cello at age of five. Her dream profession as a child was to become a cello teacher and as a teenager, her passion for music grew stronger and she started seriously considering a career as a professional musician.
Ulla-Riikka studied in University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä, Finland graduating in Music Pedagogy in 2008. Part of her studies was an Erasmus exchange year in Liszt Academy, Hungary as well as a two months internship as tutti cello player in Cape Philharmonic orchestra, South Africa. Ulla-Riikka continued her studies in Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduating with MMus degree 2009. She carried on instrumental studies two more years in Tampere, Finland with Soloistic Specialisation Studies 1 and 2, 2009-2011.
Ulla-Riikka has been working as a cello teacher and musician since 2010 in varied music schools and community colleges in Tampere and surrounding areas and since 2017 with Big Noise Torry. Ulla-Riikka is interested in different teaching methods and has herself specialised in the Suzuki method.
In her free time she enjoys singing, music-making and reading, as well as learning and speaking different languages.
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!