Scott Dickinson

Scott Dickinson - Viola

Principal Viola of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Chamber musician


Soloist, Chamber musician and principal viola of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scott's performances in Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Musikverein and the Wigmore Hall, confirm his position as one of the best viola players of his generation.


Scott Dickinson, principal viola of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, was born in Glasgow and studied with Nicholas Logie in Manchester, David Takeno in London and Thomas Riebl in Salzburg, where he won the 1996 Mozarteum Concerto Competition.


As a member of the Leopold String Trio for five years, he appeared worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, frequently at the Wigmore Hall in London and on BBC Radio 3, and on CDs for Hyperion.


Other chamber music partners have included Yuri Bashmet, Steven Isserlis, Alexander Janacek, Paul Lewis, Lawrence Power, the Gould Piano Trio, Hebrides, Nash and Razumovsky Ensembles, and the Brodsky, Chilingirian, Elias, Navarra and Royal Quartets.


In 2002 Scott returned to Scotland to become principal viola of the BBC SSO, with whom he has also regularly appeared as soloist, collaborating with conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Edward Gardner, Donald Runnicles, Stephan Solyom, John Wilson and on a highly praised CD of "Jubilus" by Jonathan Harvey conducted by Ilan Volkov.


Equally at home in solo, chamber or orchestral music, Scott has also had huge experience as a guest principal viola, appearing with orchestras as diverse as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and BBC NOW, CBSO, John Wilson Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, RLPO, RSNO, SCO and the Swedish Radio Symphony.


He has also performed as a member of the World Orchestra for Peace and frequently plays flute, viola and harp trios with his wife, the flutist Susan Frank, and the harpist Lucy Wakeford.


Scott absolutely loves having the opportunity to teach and has held positions at the RNCM, Chethams's School and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Listen to a fantastic recording of Scott here

Scott Dickinson

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