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Ian Watt

The Classical Guitar

We are thrilled to welcome classical guitar virtuoso Ian Watt to St Cyprian’s.

9 March 2024

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata para guitarra (1933)
Antonio Jose (1902-1936)
 I.  Allegro moderato
II.  Minueto
III.  Pavana triste - Lento
IV.  Final - Allegro con brio


La Catedral
Agustín Barrios (1885-1944)
I.  Preludio saudade
II.  Andante Religioso
III.  Allegro Solemne

Amazonia (Homage to Villa-Lobos)
Edward McGuire (b. 1948)

Francisco Tarrega (1854-1909)

Two ballet pieces
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
(arrangements: Watt and J. Bream, resp.)

‘El Circulo Mágico’, (The Magic Circle)
from ‘El amor brujo’ (Love the magician)
‘Danza del Molinero’ (The Miller’s Dance)
from ‘El Sombrero de tres picos’ (The Three-Cornered Hat)

Described by Classical Guitar Magazine as ‘a guitarist of outstanding skill and originality’, Scottish guitarist Ian Watt has appeared throughout the world, giving solo recitals in the USA, China, South Korea, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine and Denmark. He has performed concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, Classic FM, NDR Radio (Germany) and WSMC Radio (USA). Additionally, he has made three solo recordings for Nimbus Alliance and his playing has been described by the press as ‘sublime’ (BBC Music Magazine), ‘astoundingly atmospheric’ (The Herald) and ‘dazzlingly virtuosic’ (The Herald).

Noted for his ‘exceptional range of timbre’ (BBC Music Magazine), Watt’s international prizes include 1st prize at the Heinsberg International Guitar Competition (2011), Germany, 1st prize at the Westphalian Guitar Spring Competition (2010), Germany, 2nd prize at the Parkening International Guitar Competition (2009), USA (often described as the world’s most prestigious) and 2nd prize at the Vienna ‘Homage to Karl Scheit’ International Competition, 2010. In addition to performing, he is a committed teacher who has given masterclasses throughout the world and is at present a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.