Aberdeen Sinfonietta was founded in 1987, originally as a small group of strings and harpsichord. In 1997, at a time when the group was beginning to feel the need to expand its musical repertoire, they were given the exciting opportunity to expand considerably in order to perform as a chamber orchestra in the Music Hall with Roger Williams as conductor, and with the brilliant Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich as soloist. Since then Aberdeen Sinfonietta has established itself as one of the foremost contributors to music-making in the north-east.



Leader of Aberdeen Sinfonietta

Bryan Dargie studied music at Aberdeen University.
During this time he travelled back and forth to Edinburgh for violin lessons with Miles Baster, the leader of the Edinburgh Quartet. He was then awarded a Sir James Caird scholarship to continue his studies at the Royal Academy of Music where his teachers were Frederick Grinke for violin and Sidney Griller for chamber music. 

Following many years playing with the Royal Philharmonic and London Mozart Players, Bryan returned to Aberdeen, where he established himself as an influential violinist and violin teacher.

His dedication to Aberdeen Sinfonietta over the years has enabled the group to enjoy continued growth in size and popularity.


In November 2005 Bryan Dargie received the honorary degree of Master of the University from the University of Aberdeen.