William Conway is an internationally renowned conductor and cellist. On the podium, he is known for his conviction, clarity and intelligent musicianship, while his collaborations with Hebrides Ensemble, of whom he is the Artistic Director and co-founding member, have been praised for their fresh and inspirational approach to programming.
Jessica Beeston was appointed violist of the Edinburgh Quartet in summer 2011. She enjoys balancing a busy freelance career in London while fulfilling the exciting performing and recording schedule of her internationally established string quartet.
Sarah Bevan-Baker was born in Aberdeen and grew up on the Black Isle and in Glasgow. She studied violin at the Royal College of Music with Frances Mason winning several chamber music prizes and the Leonard Hirsch Prize “for an outstanding performance at the Diploma recitals”.
Yann Ghiro was born in 1971 in Nice and began clarinet lessons at the age of eleven. After studying for 6 years at the Paris Conservatoire, where he gained first prize in clarinet, bass clarinet and chamber music, Yann furthered his studies at the Prague Mozart Academy. A Fulbright Scholarship then allowed him to undertake studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, graduating in 1996.
Philip Higham enjoys a richly varied musical life: a passionate chamber musician, equally at home in concerto, duo and unaccompanied repertoire, he especially relishes Classical and German Romantic music, in which he is frequently and happily immersed as principal cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.