The Edinburgh Quartet

Edinburgh Quartet (Photograph by Martin Stewart Photography)

The Edinburgh Quartet has long been celebrated as one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, having appeared regularly at prestigious venues across the UK and toured extensively across Europe, the Far and Middle East, and North and South America.

Visit our dedicated Edinburgh Quartet page for more detailed information and individual artist biographies.

Rosie Staniforth, oboe

Rosie Staniforth, oboe

Rosie Staniforth was brought up in Yorkshire, where she began playing the oboe at the age of nine. She read Modern Languages at Oxford University before being awarded a post-graduate scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where she studied with John Anderson and Michael Winfield, and gave the London premiere of the Horovitz Oboe Concerto.

She continued her studies with eminent oboist Maurice Bourgue at the Geneva Conservatoire (where she gained a first-class Virtuosité diploma) and, subsequently, at the Paris Conservatoire, on the prestigious Troisième Cycle programme. Rosie has won numerous prizes at international competitions, including first prize at the Hans Schaeuble Cor Anglais competition, and has given many concerto performances, most recently Vaughan Williams in Glasgow and Strauss in Stirling.

Rosie is an active chamber musician – recent highlights include performances with the soloists of the Philharmonia and the Maurice Bourgue Wind Ensemble.

She accepted a permanent position with the SCO in 1998 after freelancing with many of the UK’s leading orchestras. In 2003 she was appointed to the teaching staff at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has been tutoring the oboe section of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland for several years.

Rosie loves opera, horse-riding and dancing, in particular the Argentine tango, for which she travels to Buenos Aires as least once a year.

Simon Rawson, viola

Simon Rawson, viola

Simon Rawson studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won several prizes including one for the best string recital performance.

On leaving music college he joined the English Chamber Orchestra and subsequently freelanced with most of London’s finest orchestras. He joined the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 1988 and stayed with them for 25 years during which he enjoyed chamber music collaborations with Stephen Isserlis, Joseph Swensen and Imogen Cooper amongst others.

Simon has been involved in teaching the violin, viola and chamber music for most of his career and has also been involved in coaching with National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he has also been an examiner and adjudicator.

Since 2013 he has been part of the team at Sistema Scotland in Glasgow.

Philip Burrin, violin

Philip Burrin, violin

Philip’s first musical experiences were with St Swithun’s Church choir in his home town of East Grinstead Sussex England after which he started the violin at Lancing College with Ernest Barr. He attended the Royal College of Music, London in 1972 studying Violin with Jaroslav Vanecek and John Ludlow and Viola with John Dyer. There he joined the Heller String Quartet in 1975 which went to Bermuda in 1976 as the first Quartet of the Menuhin Foundation. He was also conductor of the Bermuda National Youth Orchestra.

In 1982 Philip returned to England and worked as Head of strings at Westminster School, London. The following year he was appointed Principal Second Violin of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra based in Glasgow. The Orchestra went on numerous tours to Holland, Germany, Poland, Canada, Italy and Switzerland. During that time he also taught at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) Junior Department. He became the Second Violinist of the Edinburgh Quartet in 1998. As well as touring UK and abroad, the Quartet had residencies at Napier and Aberdeen Universities.

Philip has coached orchestral and chamber music extensively over many years at National Youth Orchestra of Scotland courses, Strings and Wind course at Mar Lodge in Aberdeenshire, Durham University Symphony Orchestra and Variations Ullapool. In March 2013 he retired from the Edinburgh Quartet to concentrate on teaching.

Philip moved to Berlin in the summer of 2014 , where he teaches both violin and English. In February 2016 he returned to Bermuda to conduct two concerts in the Bermuda Festival to commemorate Menuhin’s Centenary and the 40th anniversary of the Menuhin Foundation.