Lorenzo Sanchez-Perez - Senior Musician
Lorenzo is from Madrid (Spain) and he started playing the violin when he was 5 years old. He was a member of the Youth Orchestra and Choir of Comunidad de Madrid, and he was offered a scholarship and the opportunity to perform in some projects with Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid. He started his undergraduate degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Madrid, finishing his degree in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Córdoba. During this time, he was freelancing with numerous orchestras all over Spain.
He studied for his Masters degree at ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten in Zwolle (in the Netherlands). He owes his love of music and teaching to his two favourite violin teachers, David Martínez and Sarah Kapustin.
Lorenzo has performed in venues all over Europe, and is extremely happy to be part team and to share his passion for music with the young people and community at Big Noise Douglas. He believes that music is for everybody, and important for a child's personal development.
Jenni Babonneau - Senior Musician
Originally from Finland, Jenni started playing the cello at the age of 6. In Tampere she learned the cello with several teachers (Pirjo-Riitta Toivakka, Tuula Tikkala, Lauri Voipio and Pauli Heikkinen). During her studies in Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Bachelor of Music in Music Pedagogy) Jenni spent some time learning Czech music and free improvisation in Brno, Czech Republic. 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.
She believes that music is everyone’s birth right and works actively to make music education available for everyone. Jenni has been a part of Big Noise family since December 2016 when she joined the Torry team. She’s been working in the new Big Noise centre in Douglas since August 2017.
Jo Petrie - Senior Musician
Jo is a viola player born in Edinburgh and brought up in Scotland and Australia. Inspired by the wonderful youth music opportunities she was given in Queensland and Fife, she continued her studies at the Universities of Durham and Dundee and the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland. She used to be a bit of a dancer and began her orchestral playing career with Scottish Ballet, spending nearly two decades with them, Scottish Opera and the BBCSSO performing, recording, sleeping on airport floors and discovering interesting food in new countries. She is also in love with musicals, joining the 1995 touring production of Phantom of the Opera, and likes doing backing work for pop and folk bands like Capercaillie as well as playing with her string trio, The Heisenberg Trio.
Always passionately interested in bringing music to young people, Jo has taught in multiple local authority, independent school, and other settings, discovering how they like to make music a part of their lives. She particularly enjoys exploring ensemble playing of all sorts with her pupils and is currently Director of Strings for the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust and conductor of the St Andrews University Youth Orchestra. Jo also loves playing the piano – it is hard to keep her off it - and she likes knitting, making her own clothes and writing To Do lists!