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).
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!
Emily De Simone
Emily De Simone studied with Robert Irvine at RSAMD and with Robert Cohen at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. In 2007 she began an active freelance career in Scotland playing with Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBCSSO, Auricle Ensemble, Ensemble Thing and the Alba Quartet. In 2014 she began working for the charity Sistema Scotland in Govanhill's Big Noise center. Emily enjoys both performing and teaching and supports these with her interest in mindfulness, symbolic modelling and the Feldenkrais Method, of which she is a qualified practitioner since 2014. In recent years Emily has become increasingly interested in new music and especially loves working with composers on their latest pieces and recently has begun writing some music of her own.