Tristan studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni, where he led the RNCM String and Symphony Orchestras as well as the Gurney String Quartet, winning numerous prizes and performing throughout the UK.
Tristan continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto with Lorand Fenyves. In 2007 he moved to Edinburgh and became Leader of the Edinburgh Quartet and joined the Orchestra of Scottish Ballet as Assistant Leader. The Edinburgh Quartet has toured extensively, working with many artists including Yehudi Menhuin, Michael Tippett and James MacMillan.
Tristan joined Scottish Ensemble in 2010, and plays on a Ferdinand Gagliano violin made in 1780.