Paul Livingston / violin/viola
Paul Livingston was born in Perth, Scotland in 1988. 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 prestigious Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, Italy.
Paul enjoys a busy freelance career as both violinist and violist. 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 worked with the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium, as principal viola with the London Arte Chamber Orchestra and as a guest sub-principal with the Malta Philharmonic, notably in recording projects with soloists from La Scala, Milan. In winter 2017 Paul will perform as Principal Viola with the Deutsche Kammersymphoniker Berlin throughout China and Taiwan.
Schumann Märchenbilder op 113 with pianist Clara Dutto
Paul has represented the National Trust for Scotland performing as a chamber musician alongside some of Scotland’s best-known musicians on their Cultural Cruises of France, Spain, Iceland and most recently, Norway. He has also a keen interest in contemporary music, having worked extensively with Scottish composers such as Sir James MacMillan, Eddie McGuire, John Maxwell Geddes and others.
In the field of opera, Paul has worked regularly at Scottish Opera since 2008. In 2014 he won the Bayreuth Scholarship of the Wagner Society of Scotland. Since then, Paul has also led and performed in ensembles for Lyric Opera Berlin, Alltagsoper, the Berlin Opera Group and Raucous Rossini in various productions in the UK, Germany and Italy. In summer 2017 Paul performed as concertmaster at the inaugural New Generation Festival in Florence.
Marais Cinque Danze Francesi with pianist Clara Dutto
In the 2017/18 season Paul performed recitals at Pollok House and for Westbourne Music, Glasgow. He also made return visits to Malta, China, Taiwan, Italy and elsewhere, with performances at the Barbican and St John’s Smith Square, London. When not performing, Paul teaches at Stewart’s Melville College, Edinburgh and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department.