Edinburgh-based Lothian String Quartet is a performing ensemble of the highest quality with experienced players from Scotland's finest orchestras. Our refined, elegant and beautiful playing is guaranteed to enhance any occasion and create memorable performances at each and every event. 

We offer a comprehensive music service. If you would like to add a trumpet, harp, singer, organist, or any other instrument(s) to the quartet we can accommodate most combinations. While we do recommend the sound of the full string quartet, we do offer smaller ensembles and are happy to discuss all options with you at any time.

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Niamh Molloy
 

Cellist and founder of the Lothian String Quartet, Niamh is a former member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed all over the world with many celebrated musicians, from Pinchas Zukerman and Placido Domingo to Shirley Bassey, Radiohead and Pete Townsend.

 

She is in demand as a freelance cellist and performs with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. 

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Felix Tanner

Originally from Helensburgh, Felix studied viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  Felix was a member of the Badke Quartet before joining the Brodowski Quartet, with whom he won the Royal Overseas League Competition and Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. 

In 2016 Felix was appointed Sub Principal viola with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, having previously been a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a regular guest with the BBCSSO, RSNO, RTE Symphony Orchestra & Scottish Ensemble. In 2018 he was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Aisling O'Dea

Born in Dublin, Aisling began to play the violin at the age of nine. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Maurice Hasson, with further study at the “Hans Eisler” Hochschule für Musik in Berlin with Professors Stefan Piacard and Michael Erxleben.

Aisling lived and worked in Germany for 11 years, playing with both the Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen and Ensemble “Oriol”, Berlin before becoming a member of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt in 2000.

She was appointed a position with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2007.

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Amira Bedrush-McDonald

Amira was born in Glasgow and studied at the RCS under teachers Jerre Gibson and Simon Fischer and then completed her studies at The Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in Austin, under the professorship of Brian Lewis. On returning to Scotland she enjoyed a busy and varied freelance career before taking up her current position in the 1st violins of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2015.

 

She collaborates with composer Richard Luke and has released two albums under record labels 1631 recordings (Sweden) and Moderna Records (Canada). She has recently developed a keen interest in the history of cross-stitch and medieval tapestries.

The players at events may vary from the four musicians above. All our musicians have played with the Lothian String Quartet on numerous occasions, so our high standard of performance will not be affected.