Studying piano performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Recitals; concertos; competitions; orchestral keyboard; accompaniment...
Iain is Scottish, originally from the Isle of Arran, now living in Glasgow and studying the Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, majoring in piano. He started learning piano aged 6 with his father who took him through the grades up to grade 6. Then, after a short transition he auditioned successfully for the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (JRCS), starting Saturday classes there in September 2011 and for 4 years he studied piano, taught by Professor Heather Slade-Lipkin, and saxophone, taught by John Miller and Andrew Somerville. On his degree course at RCS he has studied with Heather Slade-Lipkin, and also received tuition from Aaron Shorr, Fali Pavri, Johnathan Plowright, Ian Fountain, Sinae Lee, Victor Sangiorgio and classical improvisation with Norman Beedie. He attained Grade 8 piano aged 14 and gained a distinction in his ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) Diploma exam in July 2014. He is also Grade 8 saxophone, Grade 8 clarinet and Grade 6 flute. In late 2013 Iain won the Moray Piano Competition in Elgin, and the JRCS Concerto competition, which enabled him to perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the JRCS Symphony Orchestra in March 2014. In 2015 Iain won the JRCS Beethoven Piano Prize in January, for which he attended the UK final in London in March, the JRCS Gilbert Innes prize for piano in February, and the JRCS Gilbert Innes prize for woodwind in March. He also won the North Ayrshire Young Musician on piano at the end of February which was against 8 other school winners from each high school in North Ayrshire. In May 2015 Iain then went on to take first prize in the National final of the Rotary Young Musician on piano against musicians from all over Britain and Ireland. In January 2016 he gained a commended award for the Piano Duet prize in RCS, and then in March was awarded many prizes at the Glasgow Music Festival, including first prize in the piano final. Also in March, having competed in January, he was afforded the opportunity to perform Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Edinburgh Festival Orchestra, conducted by David Watkin. He also enjoys a busy chamber music career on piano, playing in a piano quintet in RCS and accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists around the UK. He is a founding member of a saxophone quartet (Molios Quartet) who have performed various recitals and concerts around Britain. He is a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland for 2017 on clarinet. He frequently performs with Youth Music Theatre Scotland in the Edinburgh Fringe, including “West Side Story” and “Into the Woods”. Iain also plays church organ at various churches around North Ayrshire throughout the year.
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