Fiona Winning studied at the Juilliard School in New York, going on to become Principal Violist of the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. For many years she has been a regular guest principal of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (including four seasons at Glyndebourne Opera), Aurora Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Fiona’s orchestral activities have taken her to many of the worlds most prestigious halls and as a principal she has worked closely with eminent conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowksi, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Gianandrea Noseda and Vasily Petrenko.
A passionate performer of contemporary music, she is a regular guest principal with the London Sinfonietta, with whom she has performed at the BBC Proms, South Bank Centre, Huddersfield Festival and in Europe and the Far East. Other highlights include George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill at the Wigmore Hall and one of Pierre Boulez’s last conducting engagements (Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks). She performs regularly with the Red Note Ensemble (Scotland), most recently in a nationwide tour of George Crumb’s epic electronic quartet Black Angels.
Fiona was for seven years a member of the Scottish Ensemble with whom she broadcast regularly on BBC radio 3, appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC proms, Wigmore Hall, Huddersfield, Lichfield and City of London Festivals.
As a session musician she records at Abbey Road and Air studios in London, and can be heard on numerous soundtracks for film and TV.
Fiona loves the mountains, and has climbed in the Bolivian Andes, Himalayas, Alps and her local hills near Loch Lomond.