Paul Livingston/Ian Watt / violin/viola and guitar duo
Violinist/violist Paul Livingston and classical guitarist Ian Watt present a beautifully crafted programme for violin/viola and guitar. As graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, they are keen chamber musicians with a particular interest in exploring and commissioning contemporary music, in addition to performing the classics.
Ian and Paul have also been guest performers on the National Trust for Scotland Cruises, and in addition to their duo concerts, they have also performed with flautist Eddie McGuire.
Scottish violist Paul Livingston was born in Perth. At age 17 he was awarded the Stevenson scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he won several prizes for performance and academic music. Later studies followed in Berlin with Mark Gothóni, Salzburg with Igor Ozim and more recently with Bruno Giuranna at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona.
Since 2014 he has been a member of the European Union Chamber Orchestra, touring throughout the UK, mainland Europe and North Africa. In recent seasons Paul has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium, Boho Strings Antwerp, and as principal viola with the Berliner Symphoniker, London Arte Chamber Orchestra and as a guest sub-principal with the Malta Philharmonic, notably in recording projects with soloists from La Scala, Milan.
Paul has represented the National Trust for Scotland in chamber music performances in France, Spain, Iceland and most recently, Norway. He also has a keen interest in contemporary music, having worked extensively with Scottish composers such as Sir James MacMillan, Eddie McGuire, and John Maxwell Geddes. In the field of opera, Paul won the 2014 Bayreuth Scholarship of the Wagner Society of Scotland.
In the 2017/18 season Paul performed recitals at Pollok House and for Westbourne Music in the UK with his duo partner classical guitarist Ian Watt. He also looks forward to return visits to Malta, China, Taiwan, Italy and elsewhere and performances at St John’s Smith Square, London and the Barbican. When not performing, Paul often teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, guitarist Ian Watt has appeared throughout the world, giving concerts in the USA, China, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine, Denmark, Holland and Estonia, and performing concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra. His playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, Classic FM, NDR Radio (Germany) and WSMC Radio (USA)
In the field of contemporary music, Watt has worked extensively with John McLeod, premiering all of the composer’s guitar works and making the premiere recording of Fantasy on themes from Britten’s Gloriana to mark the Britten Centenary in 2013. Watt was also the first to make a commercial recording of Dreammusic, a piece by one of Scotland’s greatest 20th century composers, Thomas Wilson. More recently, he recorded an album of solo guitar works by the contemporary British composer Paul Coles for Nimbus Alliance records, with whom he has released two other solo albums, Invocación – Impressions of Spain (2011) and Britten, Walton, McLeod, Wilson and Dowland (2013).
Increasingly in demand as a teacher, Watt has been a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2013 and given masterclasses in China, Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Having studied with Allan Neave at both Aberdeen City Music School and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the RSAMD), his awards and prizes include 1st prize (in addition to both the audience and junior jury prizes) at the Heinsberg International Guitar Competition 2011, 1st prize at the ‘Westfalian Guitar Spring’ International Competition 2010, 2nd prize at the Parkening International Guitar Competition 2009 and 2nd prize at the Vienna International Guitar Competition ‘Homage to Karl Scheit’ 2010.