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The Musicians

Moray String Quartet has been playing at weddings, concerts, receptions and other events throughout Scotland for over 20 years.

The current members are principal players in the Moray Chamber Orchestra and between them have many years experience of playing, composing, arranging and teaching a variety of musical styles.


Peter Zanre: Violin
James Alexander: Violin
Elaine Stables: Viola
John Mustard: Cello

Moray String Quartet


Peter Zanre

Peter Zanre, Violin

Peter studied in Elgin with Harry Innes Simpson and with Reginald Morley at the Guildhall School of Music, London. An Associate of the Royal College of Music, he won two Corporation of London Scholarships, the Goldsmiths’ Scholarship and the Cecilia Barzoni Scholarship for Musica Antica et Nuova.

Peter is Founder and Director of the Moray Chamber Orchestra and Leader of the Inverness Opera Orchestra. He is a former leader of the Grenadier Guards Orchestra, Grampian Symphonia, Inverness Choral Sinfonia and member of the British Concert Orchestra.

He has performed solo Radio and TV broadcasts and has toured Italy and Germany performing and lecturing on Scottish Fiddle Music.

Peter adjudicates at major music festivals including Aberdeen, Inverness, Musselburgh, the Royal National Mod, the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship and the Highland Fiddle Masters at Oban.

He has taught at the Guildhall School of Music in London and at Elgin Academy, and now teaches privately.

A noted expert on bowed string instruments, Peter has been a violin dealer for 35 years. His violin is by Gennaro Gagliano (1764) and his bow is by Persoit.


James Alexander

James Alexander, Violin

James’s grounding is in classical violin, having been taught by Stephen Merson, Peter Mountain and Hugh Bean. James teaches on a part time basis for Moray Council’s music instruction service.

He is widely acknowledged as a leading exponent, composer and teacher of Scots traditional music and plays and tours with a number of acclaimed school and professional groups including the Fochabers Fiddlers and the Explosive Fiddlers.

James adjudicates at most major Scots music festivals and is also in demand to conduct workshops and master-classes.

He also teaches privately and works regularly as a recording musician, having produced well over 100 albums with various groups and as a solo fiddler.


Elaine Stables

Elaine Stables, Viola

Elaine studied music at Glasgow University and received tuition in viola at RSAMD. During her four years in Glasgow she played viola in the University Orchestra, Chamber Group and Kelvin Ensemble.

Elaine graduated BMus (Hons) and worked in a variety of jobs, including music therapy assistant, auxiliary/music teacher in a SEN Base and for four years as a string tutor at the Moray Music Centre.

After completing postgraduate training she worked as a visiting music specialist in primary schools in Moray and is now based in East Lothian.


John Mustard

John Mustard, Cello

John studied with Kim Murray, Jane Cowan, John Gwilt, Richard Kapuscinski and Steven Doane among others. His qualifications include a MMus degree from the University of Akron, and a BMus from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, both located in Ohio, USA. John also studied at the International ‘Cello Centre in Duns, Scotland for 3 years.

John is currently Head of the Music Instruction Service at The Moray Council, which provides music instruction to over 800 pupils in Moray schools. As part of the service, John runs the Moray Music Centre, providing 265 pupils the opportunity to perform in one of six groups, one of which he conducts.

In addition, John organises and coaches at the Moray Schools Youth Orchestra, which meets for an intensive orchestral course every summer. John is an integral part of the music instruction service as the ‘cello instructor for the Moray area.

John can be seen performing with a number of local groups including Cantare Women’s Choir, Culbin Singers, Buckie Choral Union, Elgin Musical Theatre, Inverness Opera and the Moray Chamber Orchestra.

His extensive playing experience includes Akron, Canton and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras, National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauaqua Festival Orchestra and Music from Oberlin. He has toured across America, Korea for the 1988 Olympics, Japan, China and Hawaii playing in venues including Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC.

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