Originally from Cyprus, Irini received her first music lessons on the piano and the cello. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music in London, completing her BMus (Honours) and MMus (Performance and Research) degrees. In 2015 she completed a second MMus degree in Orchestral studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and the Orchesterzentrum NRW. Irini has also studied privately in Paris and Oslo with Jakob Kullberg and in Croatia with Valter Dešpalj.
She has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Zermatt Festival Academy, the Gustav Mahler Academy, the Ossiach Orchestra Academy, the Britten Pears and Aldeburgh World Orchestras and the Orchestra Academy at the Esterhàzy Palace amongst others. She has appeared as a soloist with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and her collaborations as an orchestral musician have included the Scottish Ballet, the Manchester Camerata, the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma.
She has also appeared in the Aberdeen Jazz Festival 2022, the Festival Opera Barga with the Ensemble Le Musiche (2013-2019) and more recently with the Mahler Players (Inverness). Irini started working at Big Noise Torry in 2015, before moving to Big Noise Wester Hailes as a Senior Musician in 2022.
Chrissie is a Scottish musician, currently based in Glasgow and working as a Senior Musician at Big Noise Wester Hailes. As a supporting musician for Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots, she has a particular interest in music making in early years settings as well as an experienced background working with young people with complex and additional support needs. Chrissie has been involved with the Benedetti Foundation since 2021 where she particularly enjoys working with the introductory and beginner orchestras at live sessions. Passionate about inclusivity and access to music, Chrissie also has experience working in engagement with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Originally trained as a violinist, Chrissie graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama having studied for a master’s degree in performance with a scholarship under the guidance of Lucy Gould and Cerys Jones. Having also previously studied music at the University of Edinburgh, she graduated with the ‘Eileen Cameron Music Prize’ for her musical contributions to the community.
Marieclaire graduated with a Masters in Classical String Performance from The University of Limerick in 2018 under the guidance of Katherine Hunka, leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She was awarded the RTE Lyric FM String Scholarship to complete her studies.
In 2012 she graduated from the Cork School of Music with Bachelor of Music Honours under the guidance of renowned violinist Ruxandra Petcu-Colan. She has also completed postgraduate studies in violin performance with the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She mostly recently studied violin with Raquel Castro in Barcelona, Spain. Marieclaire has participated in many solo and chamber master classes with violinists Baiba Skride, Catherine Leonard, the Vanburgh Quartet, Aoife Nic Athlaoich, Robin Panter, Rita Manning and the RTE Con Tempo Quartet.
Marieclaire is 1st violinist with the Amoroso Quartet and has always had a keen interest in orchestral playing and has toured with many orchestras in Ireland including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Ireland, Hibernian Orchestra, Fishamble Sinfonia, SinfoNua, the Academos Ensemble and lead the Esker Festival Orchestra. She co-founded the chamber ensemble ReClassified bringing chamber music to some of Dublin’s most popular venues.
As a session violinist Marieclaire has recorded and performed with many artists such as Lisa Hannigan, Hermitage Green, We Lived in Cities, I Am Niamh and FIELDS. Marieclaire has a great interest in teaching and has been on staff with the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out With Strings programme and the CBOI Dynamic Strings project. In her freetime, Marieclaire is a keen songwriter and is currently working on her EP due for release in early 2023.