Colin Twigg

Sub-Principal First Violin

Colin was born in Skipton, North Yorkshire but also lived in Wolverhampton, Middlesborough and Grimsby during his first decade before entering the Menuhin School, where he spent much of his time until he was 18. He took up the violin at the age of seven when his father brought home a half-sized violin which 'at the time was a welcome alternative to piano practice'.

In Wolverhampton, Colin's first teacher was Neil Moore, then Keith Robson in Middlesborough and Bill Thompson in North Lincolnshire. At the Menuhin School he studied with Margaret Norris, then in the USA with Oscar Shumsky at Yale, and finally at Juilliard with Tossy Spivakovsky.

Before joining the CBSO Colin gave chamber music and recital performances from an early age, did a variety of freelance work with other orchestras, then worked in the BBC Radio Orchestra concurrently with leading the Bridge String Quartet.

Colin says his recent highlights with the Orchestra include 'performances in the CBSO Centenary Concert under Sir Simon Rattle, Debussy's Pelleas and Melisande under Mirga Grazinyte - Tyla, and being asked to write two encores for the CBSO subsequently well received at Benevolent Fund concerts'.

Outside of his work with the Orchestra Colin takes part in performances, recordings and amateur chamber music coaching courses as leader of the Bridge String Quartet of London. Alongside composition his interests include clock and watch restoration/repairs and vintage audio and radio electronics. He currently attends Chester Road Baptist Church in North Birmingham