Iain is 23 years old and studies on the Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music, London, studying with Danny Driver. He is supported in his studies by Help Musicians, Dewar Arts Awards and the Caird Trust. Last year he graduated from the Bachelor of Music (Hons) course in Piano Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) with First Class Honours. He studied with Jonathan Plowright (previously Heather Slade-Lipkin) and has also received tuition from Olga Kern, Steven Osborne, Leon McCawley, Aaron Shorr, Fali Pavri, Petras Geniusas, and Martin Roscoe. In June 2014 he gained his Associate Diploma from Trinity College London in piano with distinction and he also has Grade 8 saxophone and clarinet with Distinction. In Junior RCS he won the concerto competition, giving him his concerto debut, performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the JRCS Symphony Orchestra and in 2015 Iain was awarded first prize in the National final of the Rotary Young Musician on piano against instrumentalists from all over Britain and Ireland.
In his time at RCS he reached the final of the 2016 Edinburgh Concerto Competition at which he performed Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with orchestra, and in February 2018 he performed in City Halls, Glasgow with the RCS Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Symphony in 3 movements, which was described by the review in the Herald Scotland as “crisp, sparkling playing”. In March 2018 he won 1st place in the Dunbar-Gerber Chamber Competition in RCS playing Brahms’ Clarinet Trio, and in April was awarded 1st prize in the Lamond Prize for rare piano music. January 2019 saw him take 2nd prize in the Walcer Prize for Chopin piano solo at RCS and in July made his international recital debut at Kaunas Piano Fest in Lithuania. In November last year he performed as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Barbican Hall, London for a sell-out concert featuring Neil Gaiman and David Tennant.
This award helps towards funding my second year of my studies on the Master of Performance course at RCM in London. This allows me to take advantage of the unparalleled performance and career development opportunities afforded by this institution, both internally and externally, not to mention the world class one-to-one teaching, all of which will be invaluable in allowing me to enter the profession as well prepared and capable as I can be.