Aden Mazur - Violin

An established member of the Aberdeen music scene, Aden is a regular player with many of the local orchestras, including the Aberdeen City Orchestra and the Aberdeen Sinfonietta, and is one of the founders of the Granite Ensemble. Also a teacher, Aden runs his own music school, the Wee String School. Aden has been the leader for many sell-out performances of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, including Les Miserables, Oliver!, Oh! What A Lovely War, and Sunshine on Leith and recently recorded for BBC Radio 3 with Any Enemy, the North East New Music Ensemble. Aden holds a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Violin Performance with distinction.

Alexandria Grant - Violin 

After receiving a Diploma in Violin from ABRSM whilst still at school, Alexandria has gone on to be the leader of many orchestras, including the Grampian Youth Orchestra and the Scottish Opera Connect Orchestra, where she performed the premier of Anamchara by renowned composer Pippa Murphy.  Alexandria regularly performs with the Aberdeen City Orchestra, the Aberdeen Sinfonietta, and the newly formed Granite Ensemble, of which she is a co-founder. 

Laurie Rominger - Viola 

Laurie holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in viola performance from Louisiana State University. She has performed around the globe in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and solo recitals. She is especially passionate about string chamber music, and performs duo and quartet repertoire regularly in both Scotland and North Carolina. Currently, Laurie is based in Aberdeen, where she works as Senior Musician with Big Noise Torry and teaches viola at the University of Aberdeen. 

Martin Couzin - Cello 

Originally from Ellon, Martin studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before moving to the north of England. There he enjoyed a busy freelance career playing, recording and touring with many orchestras and ensembles including Northern Ballet, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Skipton Camerata and the National Festival Orchestra. He also recorded with bands such as Mull Historical Society, Embrace and Submotion Orchestra as well as playing with west end touring company productions of Matilda and Assassins. As a cello teacher he has worked at Hymers College, Ampleforth College and Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate. He was delighted to return to beautiful Aberdeenshire to work for the Instrumental Music Service in 2020.

Emily De Simone - Cello 

An experienced cellist, Emily has performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, Ensemble Thing, Red Note, Auricle Ensemble and Alba Quartet. In 2019, she was awarded Made in Scotland funding and created an hour-long live cello and audiovisual show called Systems Theory, which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Being Human Festival and the CCA in Glasgow. Since moving to Aberdeen to work for Big Noise Torry, Emily enjoys playing with the Aurora Quartet, Outwith Ensemble, Granite Ensemble and Thistle Quartet. Emily is also a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and loves growing flowers and going wild swimming.

Our Friends

In the unlikely event that one of us happens to be unavailable for your event, we also have trusted musicians who we all work with frequently that will kindly cover. These musicians have a similar grounded history of working in the commercial sector and perfectly match our style and work ethic.

Our Venues

Since forming in 2017, we have played all over Scotland. However, since the start of 2022, we thought it would be fun to track where we have been and where we end up the most!