Peter Gulbis - Leader
Peter grew up in the Whitby area and his initial violin training came through his father, a Latvian refugee. Formative playing came in the North Yorkshire Schools Orchestra and several years' tuition with a member of a professional quartet. Musical studies were then pursued in London, including a year of orchestral training. This course was promoted by Goldsmith's College and was a fine opportunity to be coached by, and play with, high calibre musicians.
A return to the North-East brought further orchestral experience but quartet playing remains his first love and he now pursues that exclusively. The Classical grace of Haydn and Mozart's works have a special appeal.
Individual tuition has always figured in his musical life and is now carried out in a self-employed capacity. A recent venture has been the formation, with Alison, of an adult string group.
Aside from music, Peter is a keen footballer and jigsaw puzzles have retained their fascination since childhood!
Claire Hall - Violin
Claire was born in Stockton-on-Tees and began learning the violin at age 9. She played with various Cleveland Music Service ensembles before studying music at university, where she led the orchestra and established a string quartet. Claire has coached many quartets during her teaching career and is currently Head of Music at a Stokesley School. Claire also enjoys Zumba and boating around the Norfolk Broads.