Gabi Maas (violin) . Daniel Paterson (violin) . Daniel Meszoly (viola) . Laura Sergeant (cello)
The Sinopia Quartet comprises four of Scotland's leading young professional string players. Graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Cambridge University and The Guildhall School of Music, they have gained various chamber music, orchestral and solo prizes.
Collectively their experience includes performing with various orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, The Hallé, European Union Youth Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.
Additionally their players have played with several smaller groups including the Scottish Ensemble and the Scottish Chamber Music Players. They have also worked with various leading musicians including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrea Bocelli, Ilya Gringolts, Julian Lloyd Webber, Colin Carr, and have received tutelage from the Lindsay, Brodsky, Chilingirian and Maggini Quartets.
Their collective and individual experience of performing chamber music across the UK and abroad features appearances at festivals including St Magnus Festival, Mendelssohn on Mull, S-o-u-n-d, Sound-Thought, Edinburgh International, Schleswig-Holstein and Musique-Cordiale. The players have performed in various countries including Germany, Italy, France, Norway and Mauritius.
They have various other related interests and commitments ranging from Baroque performance (on both the violin, cello and Swedish-keyed fiddle), traditional Scandinavian music and dancing, to experimental classical music and modern theatre installations. They also work for RCS MusicWorks and Live Music Now Scotland which connects the elderly and disadvantaged young with live music.
Gabi Maas (violin)
Gabi Maas studied at Chetham's School of Music and Cambridge University, and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and European Union Youth Orchestra. She recently completed a PhD thesis on ethnic Berber identity and political song in Kabylia (Algeria) and among Algerian migrants to France, conducting fieldwork while playing violin with Berber activist singers. Gabi is also passionate about Scandinavian traditional music and plays the Nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle), both for dancing and in baroque performance. She currently works with groups including Scottish Opera and the Ulster Orchestra.
Daniel Paterson (violin)
Daniel Paterson was born in Edinburgh and studied there with Nigel Murray before moving to Glasgow to study with Olivier Lemoine and Justine Watts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. There, he gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Violin performance, won prizes for chamber music and worked with leading musicians including Vladimir Ashkenazy. Whilst studying he received masterclasses from Midori, Ilya Gringolts and members of the Lindsay, Chilingirian, Maggini and Brodsky Quartets. Daniel has also played with the Scottish Chamber Music Players and the Ambassador Theatre Group. Recently he has enjoyed playing live to 40 million listeners on BBC World Radio and at The Commonweath Games. He currently runs the Erskine Quartet and freelances with Scottish Ballet.
Daniel Meszoly (viola)
Dániel Mészöly started studying with Judit Szászné-Réger in Hungary aged 9. He was invited to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2010 where he studied with Peter Lissauer and Christopher George. He has played in masterclasses with Leland Chen, Rachel Podger, Ilya Gringolts, Jacqueline Shave, Barnabás Kelemen and the Brodsky Quartet. He also won several competitions within the Conservatoire and abroad including 3rd prize in the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition. He plays violin-piano sonatas with his wife, Alina Horváth and he also regularly works in various chamber groups. Dániel has also performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, BBC SSO and Scottish Opera.
Laura Sergeant (cello)
Laura Sergeant is a freelance cellist and chamber musician. Originally from Larbert she began her studies at the RSAMD where she won the Governors' recital prize and String Quartet prizes. She subsequently studied in Bremen, Germany and London where she received a Masters of Music with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music. Whilst in London Laura performed with the London Symphony Orchestra as part of their paid string scheme and was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. She regularly plays with guitarist Ian Watt, and is active as a baroque cellist. Currently she works with groups such as RSNO, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, The Halle, Live Music Now and Northern Ballet.