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Piano Master Series 2013-2014: Graham Scott

Graham Scott has firmly established himself as one of the United Kingdom’s leading pianists. Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as "an exceptional talent," he has performed extensively throughout the world, most notably in New York (92nd St. Y), Washington DC (Kennedy Center), Los Angeles (Ambassador Auditorium), Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Beijing (Beijing Concert Hall) and Paris (Bagatelle). He has also performed in all of London's major venues, including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican Centre.

Scott's extensive concerto repertoire has led to many engagements with leading orchestras, notably the London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Belgium National Symphony, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinlandpfalz (standing in for Martha Argerich), Cape Town Symphony, Singapore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and the New York Chamber Symphony, with such conductors as Sir Charles Groves, Marin Alsop, Bernhard Klee, Alexander Lazarev, Barry Wordsworth, Gregorz Nowak and Paul Daniel.

As a chamber musician, Scott has worked with players from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Vertavo String Quartet, Stamic Quartet of Prague, Heath Quartet and Chilligirian Quartet, as well as with Olivier Charlier and Henri Demarqutte. Scott's discography includes CDs of works by Scriabin, Gershwin and Macmillan, in addition to a live recital CD from Los Angeles. He has given numerous broadcasts on BBC Radio and National Public Radio in the U.S.

Scott studied with Professor Ryszard Bakst at both Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was the recipient of the Dayas Gold Medal and the Stefania Neikrasz Chopin Prize. Whilst still a student, he became the first artist to win both the Young Concert Artists Inc. auditions in New York and the Young Concert Artists Trust auditions in London. He also won first prizes in the Dudley National Piano Competition and the Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain.

Scott successfully combines a career as performer, teacher and artistic director. Since 2007, he has held the position of Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the Artistic Director of the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition. He has previously been a member of the jury of the Horowitz Competition in Ukraine, Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain and the Young Concert Artists Trust auditions to name a few. Scott has taught at many summer schools most notably Musicfest Perugia in Italy, the Colburn Festival Academy in Los Angeles and the Chethams International Piano Summer School in Manchester.

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