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.

Maximiliano Martin, clarinet

Maximiliano Martin, clarinet

Please note that although Maximiliano Martin has been a regular tutor at Variations Chamber Music courses he is not able to attend in 2022.

Spanish Clarinettist and international soloist Maximiliano Martín is one of the most exciting and charismatic musicians of his generation. He combines his position of Principal Clarinet of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with solo, chamber music engagements and masterclasses all around the world.

Martin has made his debut as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the world’s most prestigious venues including the BBC Proms Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Library of Congress in Washington, Mozart Hall in Seoul, Laeiszhalle Hamburg in Germany, Slovenian Philharmonic’s Hall in Ljubljana, Durban City Hall in South Africa, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Teatro Monumental in Madrid, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Auditorio de Tenerife and Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Highlights of the past years have included concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Real Filarmonía de Galicia, Orquesta Filarmónica de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductors such as Brüggen, Ticciati, Manze, Antonini, Swensen, Zacharias, Schuldt and González. He performs regularly with ensembles and artists such as London Conchord Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, Doric and Casals String Quartets, Francois Leleux, Pekka Kuusisto, Alexander Janiczek, Llŷr Williams, Kris Bezuidenhout and Julian Milford. Martin also enjoys collaborations in festivals like the Edinburgh International Festival, East Neuk Festival, Paxton Chamber Music Festival, Oxford May Music Festival, Chichester Arts Festival, Stift Chamber Music Festival in Amsterdam, Festival de Música de Canarias and Stifts Konzerte in Austria.

His extensive discography includes Mozart and Weber Clarinet Concertos with SCO (LINN), Strauss Duet Concertino with Ticciati/Whelan (LINN), two recital discs Fantasia and Vibraciones del Alma (LINN), Divertimento SCO Wind Soloists (LINN), Beethoven Chamber Music for Winds (LINN), Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of the Time with Hebrides Ensemble (LINN), Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with Julian Milford (CHR), Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with the Badke Quartet (CHR) and two discs with London Conchord Ensemble, From Vienna (CHR) and St Petersburg (Orchid Classics), a Stephen Dodgson’s chamber music disc with Karolos Ensemble (NAXOS) and Nigel Osborne’s Music disc with Hebrides Ensemble (DELPHIAN). Numerous broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 have included the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto, Copland Clarinet Concerto, Poulenc Sextet and Beethoven’s Quintet for Piano and Winds and Brahms Clarinet Trio and Quintet.

In May 2017 Maxi premiered a new Clarinet Concerto “Llanto” specially written for him and SCO by New Zealand composer Lyell Creswell to great critical acclaim. In February 2020 he will give the premiere of a new commissioned clarinet Concerto, Travesía, by Spanish composer Gustavo Trujillo.
Often invited as a guest principal clarinettist, Martin has frequently appeared with orchestras such as Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orquesta de Cadaqués, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Abbado, Haitink, Colin Davis, Mackerras, Marriner, Krivine and Litton.

Martin is also active in the education field giving masterclasses in places like the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern School of Music, Conservatorio Superior de Canarias, UC Davis University in San Francisco (USA) and Malmo Academy of Music (Sweden). Martin is Visiting Clarinet Professor at the University of Kangnam in Seoul, South Korea.

He is one of the Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Festival of La Villa de La Orotava, held every year in his home town. Maximiliano Martín is a Buffet Crampon Artist and plays with Buffet Tosca Clarinets.

Born in La Orotava (Tenerife), he studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Tenerife, Barcelona School of Music and at the Royal College of Music in London where he held the prestigious Wilkins-Mackerras Scholarship, graduated with distinction and received the Frederick Thurston prize. His teachers have included Joan Enric Lluna, Richard Hosford and Robert Hill. Martin was a prizewinner in the Howarth Clarinet Competition of London and at the Bristol Chamber Music International Competition.

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.