Graham Scott

 

Hailed by the Gramophone magazine as ‘an exceptional talent,’ Graham Scott has performed extensively throughout the world notably in London (Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall) New York (92nd St. Y), Los Angeles (Ambassador Auditorium), Paris (Bagatelle) Beijing (Beijing Concert Hall and Forbidden City Concert Hall) and Tokyo (Suntory Hall).

He has performed as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras, notably the London Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Belgium National Symphony, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinlandpfalz, South African National Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and the New York Chamber Symphony under such conductors as Sir Charles Groves, Marin Alsop, Paul Daniel, Bernhard Klee, Barry Wordsworth, Gregorz Nowak and Alexander Lazarev.

His numerous chamber music appearances include performances with members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Chillingirian, Heath and Vertavo quartets. Graham’s discography includes works by Scriabin, Gershwin, Chisholm, Macmillan. He has broadcast extensively on BBC Radio and National Public Radio in the USA. He has previously collaborated with actor Sir Ian McKellen in a masterclass situation play for BBC Drama.

Graham studied with Professor Ryszard Bakst at both Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He became the first artist to win both the YCA Inc. auditions in New York and the YCAT auditions in London. He also won the Dudley National Piano Competition and the Jaén International Piano Competition in Spain.

Since 2007 Graham Scott has held the position of Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.  At the RNCM he is also the Artistic Director of the James Mottram International Piano Competition and has directed 12 piano festivals of the institute, including the complete works of Frederic Chopin in his anniversary year with 153 pianists taking part.

As a committed teacher many of Graham Scott’s students have gone on to win top prizes in celebrated competitions including Rina Salo Gallo Competition in Monza, Jaén International Piano Competition, Hastings International Concerto Competition and the Harbin International Piano Competition in China to name a few. In addition to Nordic Piano Academy of Mänttä, Graham Scott has taught at summer schools like Musicfest Perugia in Italy, the Colburn Festival Academy in Los Angeles, Alion Baltic International Festival in Riga, Kei Arts (Taiwan), the Duszniki International Chopin Festival in Poland, Malaga International Piano Festival in Spain, Chetham’s International Piano Summer School in Manchester and the Beijing International Music Festival and Academy.

Graham Scott has been a member of the jury of the Horowitz Competition in Kiev, the Gilels Competition in Odessa, the Alessandro Casagrande Competition in Terni Italy, the Rina Salo Gallo Competition in Monza Italy, the Jaén International Piano Competition in Spain, the Robert Schumann International Piano Competition in Dusseldorf.