Paul Livingston / viola
Paul Livingston was born in Perth, Scotland in 1988. He was awarded the Stevenson Scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, after which he pursued further studies with Igor Ozim in Salzburg and Bruno Giuranna at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, Italy.
In April 2018, Paul made his Italian recital debut at the Museo del Violino in Cremona, also performing for Pollok House Arts Society and Westbourne Music in the same season. Paul has performed as guest principal with the Berliner Symphoniker on tour in China/Taiwan, and in the same role with the London Arte Chamber Orchestra in London and Asia.
As a member of the European Union Chamber Orchestra since 2014, Paul has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe and North Africa with countless soloists and directors. Additionally he has been regularly to play with the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium, BOHO Strings Antwerp, The Glasgow Barons and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, including recordings with soloists from La Scala, Milan.
Paul has a keen interest in opera, having serving as Concertmaster for the New Generation Festival in Florence in 2017. He performs regularly for Scottish Opera, and in projects with Lyric Opera Berlin and Raucous Rossini among other companies. He was also the recipient of the Wagner Society of Scotland Bayreuth Scholarship in 2014.
As a chamber musician, Paul has undertaken tours of France, Spain, Norway and Iceland representing the National Trust for Scotland. He regularly performs contemporary music and has worked extensively with Sir James MacMillan and Eddie McGuire, whose new Viola Concerto reduction Paul will premiere in 2020. In 2018 Paul performed the Penderecki Cadenza as part of the Sound Festival in Aberdeen, which that year focussed on the viola.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season will also include recitals in Rome and the Hoffmeister Concerto with the Heisenberg Ensemble in Scotland.
Paul is increasingly in demand as session player at all the major London studios, recording film scores and albums with a wide range of artists. He has also featured in live performances with Guy Chambers, James Grant, Joji Hirota and many others.
In the field of education, Paul often teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department. He plays on a contemporary Cremonese viola by Eva & Christo Marino, and bows by Paul Sadka and Howard Green.