Gordon Bragg

Second Violin

Bragg, Gordon

Gordon Bragg combines his position as sub-principal second violin of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with that of second violinist of the Edinburgh Quartet, one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, performing throughout the UK as well as regularly broadcasting live on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland. As a member of the Edinburgh Quartet, Gordon recorded the string quartets of James MacMillan on Delphian, which was labelled ‘outstanding’ by International Record Review and described in Gramophone Magazine as “deliver[ing] every detail of these sometimes complex scores with total commitment, communicating them with passion and intensity.”

Gordon graduated in violin performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with first class honours, studying violin with Stephanie Gonley and Simon Fischer. He participated in masterclasses with members of the Amadeus and Takacs quartets, and an Erasmus exchange to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He was also invited to participate in the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove where he performed in the class of Gerhard Schultz. Gordon was Concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and NYOS Camerata, and has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra.

Gordon is also active as a conductor. Following studies in Manchester and Zürich, Gordon has conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, NYOS Camerata, Scottish Ballet, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie as well as participating in masterclasses with Bernard Haitnk, Ivan Fischer and Sir Mark Elder. He acted as assistant to Donald Runnicles at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra while being the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Conductor Fellow from 2011 to 2013. Gordon conducted a critically acclaimed performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Scottish Ballet at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival.