2013 Awardee: Meredith Kiemer

"Meredith's playing has a sparkle and charisma that is very rare in someone so young. She is a most promising young musician." RCS

Biography

When Meredith auditioned on violin and piano for the Pre-Junior Academy at the RCS, she was just eight years old and one of their youngest auditionees.  In spite of this, she impressed the panel greatly with her flair, competence and maturity and gained the joint highest mark of all entrants.

Meredith hails from a remote area of Stirlingshire, near Aberfoyle.  Having started music lessons at a young age while attending the Glasgow Gaelic School, she showed natural talent and ability but was sadly unable to continue her studies due to the significant travel involved.

After moving to a local school where music lessons were not available, Meredith practised determinedly at home.  Her her love and passion for music, and for the violin in particular, ensured she remained committed to developing her skills.  With only occasional tuition to top up her learning she achieved an outstanding level of playing, which then earned her a place at the RCS.

How the Award Helped

Meredith’s Dewar Award covered her transport costs to Glasgow and supported her in her studies at the RCS, allowing her to access the prestigious tuition she had earned and deserved.

"Meredith's playing has a sparkle and charisma that is very rare in someone so young. She is a most promising young musician." RCS

2012 Awardee: Bethany Crockett

It is such an honor to be associated with the Dewar Arts Award, and I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to develop and push myself to become a dynamic and successful musician.

Biography

Bethany began playing piano at the age of seven, and through commitment and talent has since become a highly skilled musician.

Bethany excelled in her Grade 8 piano (ABRSM) at age fifteen.  She then went on to study at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and achieved the school’s highest award, winning the Directors’ Recital Prize in June 2012. After just one year at St Mary’s, she gained a scholarship to attend the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of renowned piano teacher Helen Krizos.

Bethany finds performing to be an exciting and rewarding experience.  The depth of feeling and sensitivity she lends to the music has gained her numerous awards, as well as the Alex Watters Bursary at the Aberdeen Music Festival. She is determined to carve out a career as a professional pianist.

How the Award Helped

Bethany received a Dewar Arts Award to support her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.

It is such an honor to be associated with the Dewar Arts Award, and I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to develop and push myself to become a dynamic and successful musician.

2012 Awardee: Philip Sharp

Whilst on the course I will be aiming to perform as much as possible, in order to build on experience and attempt to make a name for myself.

Biography

Growing up in Glasgow, Philip demonstrated an exceptional talent as a virtuoso pianist.  By the age of 18 he had already mastered an impressive repertoire, including the third concertos of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, which he successfully performed in a number of concerts.

Philip went on to study at the Chetham’s College of music.  His talent and academic abilities earned him a place on the prestigious and demanding ‘joint course’ at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music.  With his ambitions set on building a career as a solo performer, the course provided an excellent platform from which he could develop his true potential.

How the Award Helped

Philip’s Dewar Award supported him in accepting his place on the ‘joint course’ at Manchester University and the RNCM.

Since the Award

Update 2020: Philip graduated in 2018 and has gone on to become a Junior Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music

Philip Sharp performing in 2018

Whilst on the course I will be aiming to perform as much as possible, in order to build on experience and attempt to make a name for myself.

2012 Awardee: Sarah Park

Receiving this generous support has enabled me to pursue my ambition of becoming a performing pianist. I hope that I might be a fitting ambassador for the Awards.

Biography

Edinburgh-born with South Korean heritage, Sarah gained a scholarship to study at the prestigious St Mary’s Music School in 2005. During her time there she distinguished herself as a solo pianist and as a chamber musician.  With her first concerto experience aged 14,  she has since performed in venues across the UK.

Sarah’s talent has earned her numerous prestigious awards, including the James Waterhouse Trophy and the Elizabeth Ritchie Medal.  In 2008 she was a finalist at the Edinburgh Competition Festival, where her performance at the Pianothon was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  She has also taken part in numerous masterclasses, where she has worked with distinguished musicians to develop her skills.

Sarah has performed as a soloist and as part of a trio.  In the summer of 2011, she was one of the few selected from St Mary’s to tour a series of concerts around the Highlands.  She enjoys taking every opportunity to communicate her interpretations of music with an audience, and her ambition is to become a professional performing artist.

How the Award Helped

In 2012, Sarah was offered a place to study on the four-year BMus(Hons) course at the Royal College of Music, London.  Her Dewar Award enable her to accept this opportunity and pursue her ambitions.

Receiving this generous support has enabled me to pursue my ambition of becoming a performing pianist. I hope that I might be a fitting ambassador for the Awards.

2012 Awardee: Lliam Paterson

Biography

Originally from Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Lliam showed an immense aptitude for the piano from a young age.

As an undergraduate, Lliam gained a coveted place to study at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He proved himself to be an active and dynamic musician in a variety of roles including composer, conductor, recitalist and accompanist. His dedication paid off, and he achieved the outstanding result of a first class honours.

After graduation, Lliam was accepted onto a masters degree in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  This flexible programme offered the opportunity to pursue courses in areas such as composition, conducting and harpsichord.  Lliam received an offer to study composition at New College, Oxford as well Advanced Composition at the Darlington International Summer School.  He was also selected as a repetiteur for the British Youth Opera for the second year in a row.

Lliam shows immense talent and considerable promise for the future.

How the Award Helped

Lliam’s award enabled him to accept his place on the Guildhall Artist Masters in Piano Accompaniment.

2009 Awardee: Lliam Paterson

Thank you so much …I am delighted to be offered a Dewar Arts Award … I am very grateful to the trustees ..as this will help me a great deal with my studies.

Biography

Born and brought up in Aberdeenshire, Lliam is described as ‘a prodigious talent’ and ‘an irrepressible musician, both intellectual and practical’ possessing ‘artistic generosity’.

Lliam was a pupil first at Dyce Academy, Aberdeen and later at Edinburgh’s St Mary’s Music School where he studied composition, piano and horn. As a pianist, Lliam has been successful in competitions and festivals across the country and is considered to be a fine and gifted accompanist. He also plays the French horn to orchestral standard.

However, it is in his work as a composer where his prodigious musical talent is particularly evident. Lliam won a place on the National Youth Orchestra’s Composers’ Course for 2008-09. His compositions have been performed at the Sage, Gateshead, Leeds Town Hall, Aldeburgh, Royal Festival Hall, London and the RCM. In 2009 he won the Meadows Chamber Orchestra Commission Prize, who subsequently performed his piece at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. In 2008 he won the Isobel Dunlop Composition Award. Both the Meadows Commission prize and the Isobel Dunlop Award were judged by James MacMillan.

Lliam is currently studying on the Music Tripos course at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He has performed with the Cambridge University New Music Ensemble, given a solo piano recital in the Fitzwilliam College Chapel and in early 2010 will perform his commissioned piano trio with the contemporary ensemble CB3. The Fitzwilliam College Chapel Choir performed his Ave Maria in 2009. Lliam is currently working on a large-scale choral work for the Gordon Forum for the Arts.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will support Lliam’s studies at Cambridge.

After a busy and productive year during which Lliam was awarded the Padley Repetiteur Scholarship, the second prize in the Alkan Piano Competition and received numerous commissions for new compositions, his funding has been continued for a further year. After demonstrating progress in his second year, Lliam’s funding was extended for a third and final year.

Thank you so much …I am delighted to be offered a Dewar Arts Award … I am very grateful to the trustees ..as this will help me a great deal with my studies.

2009 Awardee: Paul Kirby

Thank you for … the wonderful news of my Dewar Arts Award. I am delighted to accept [it] and wish to thank sincerely the trustees.

Biography

Paul Kirby’s first degree was in maths at Cambridge. Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Paul’s passion is jazz piano and composition. For the past five years, he has been an integral part of the jazz scene in Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond, performing over 1500 gigs both in solo performance or with the Paul Kirby Trio, Camerata Ritmata and Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra, amongst many others.

Paul is regarded as one of the two most outstanding young jazz pianists in Scotland. He is accomplished in a variety of musical genres and roles – he is considered to be both a wonderful soloist and a supportive and inspiring accompanist. Paul has released two trio records as a leader with German bassist, Martin Zenker, and Chicago drummer, Adam Sorenson.

Paul has studied privately with Jason Moran, George Colligan and Kenny Werner. He is currently studying for a Master of Jazz Piano Performance at the Mason Gross School of Music, Rutgers, New Jersey with distinguished pianist Stanley Cowell.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help Paul complete the second year of his master’s programme

Since the Award

During his second year of study, Paul lived in Brooklyn to be able to accept invitations to play in some of the iconic jazz venues in NYC. He writes that all his time was taken up by practising or being at school during the day and playing or watching music at night.

Paul successfully graduated with a Master of Music from Rutgers, where he performed an “outstanding recital”. He will stay in NYC until the end of 2010, playing at every opportunity, rubbing shoulders with some of his musical heroes and generally soaking up the intense atmosphere of the most exciting city in the world for a young jazz musician.

Thank you for … the wonderful news of my Dewar Arts Award. I am delighted to accept [it] and wish to thank sincerely the trustees.

2008 Awardee: David Gray

I am absolutely delighted to have received one of the Dewar Arts Awards…thank you very much for the very generous award.

Biography

From Glasgow, David is a final year pupil at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. He first played the piano by ear when he was four and started to have piano lessons when he was five. Since then, all David has wanted to be was a concert pianist and writes, “I can’t imagine doing anything else, as I live and breathe music; it is all that goes round my head all day.”

David is considered to be “one of the most outstandingly talented students” to have studied at St Mary’s Music School, and a sensitive and imaginative musician with exceptional technical facility. Some of his finest achievements are winning the Cathedral Class of the Moray Piano Competition in 2005, being awarded an ‘Excellent Plus’ by Yonty Solomon on three occasions, as part of St Mary’s annual assessment and winning the Directors’ Recital Prize at St Mary’s in 2007.

In 2005 David won the international ‘Young Theatre Organist of the Year’ competition in Los Angeles, and has since then been invited to play in concerts throughout the UK and the USA, where he has built up an enviable fan-base. He plays a wonderful version of Highland Cathedral on the theatre organ which goes down a treat in the States.

David performed the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 at the 2008 St Mary’s Music School end of term concert, which was aired on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Classics Unwrapped’.  The presenter of the programme commented that David was a ‘name to watch out for in the future.’

David was offered places and scholarships at three of the major music conservatoires. He accepted a place at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help David through his undergraduate degree in piano performance at the RAM, London.  David’s support has been continued into his second, and now third year of study. A few of the highlights at the start of his third year include his performance debut at St John’s, Smith Square, where he shared the stage with some top musicians, and a performance of music by Frank Zappa which was subsequently recorded on an official Academy CD.

I am absolutely delighted to have received one of the Dewar Arts Awards…thank you very much for the very generous award.

2008 Awardee: Maryam Sheran

I am writing to thank the trustees for my Dewar Arts Award. It will help me tremendously, and I am extremely grateful.

Biography

Born and brought up in Aberdeenshire, Maryam learnt to play the piano at the age of six and the violin when she was seven. She enjoys playing both classical and traditional music on both instruments, and over the years has won many local competitions in both genres, including the Alex Watters Memorial Award for piano in 2002.

Maryam began studying jazz piano at Strathclyde University, where she gained an honours degree in applied music. She performed a jazz piano piece for her degree recital in 2006, which was considered one of the best recitals of the year. Maryam has always enjoyed piano accompanying and has gone on to study for a postgraduate diploma in piano accompanist at RSAMD in order to develop as an accompanist as well as a solo pianist.

Maryam has a big, natural talent for the piano and a love for music that comes across powerfully in her playing. Her ability to empathise and support will help her to develop the potential that she possesses to become an exceptional accompanist.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help Maryam pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Accompaniment.

Since the Award

Maryam graduated in 2009 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Accompaniment. She writes that “one area of unexpected development has been the extent of my work with vocalists. I have formed a duo partnership with one particular mezzo-soprano [fellow Dewar Awardee] Jemma Brown, and she has played a very significant part in my development as a vocal accompanist.”  The duo’s recitals are becoming very popular throughout Scotland.  Maryam and Jemma will be performing at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

I am writing to thank the trustees for my Dewar Arts Award. It will help me tremendously, and I am extremely grateful.

2008 Awardee: Wui Man (Raymond) Yui

Biography

Wui Man (also known as Raymond) is a gifted pianist who moved to Aberdeen with his mother in the early 2000’s. Having no piano to use at home, Raymond would practise at school, and even during the holidays he continued to pracise there for hours every day.

Raymond audition for the Aberdeen City Music School, and at his audition he impressed the board with his considerable music potential and impressive motivation.  He was accepted as a student, allowing him to dedicate himself to his passion and talents.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Awards supported Raymond in his studies at the Aberdeen City School of music. He lived there as a boarder and was able to practise piano at any time.  This enabled him to quickly develop his skills, both in music and in his spoken English.

Since the Award

Raymond made his concerto debut with the Meadows Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh in 2010. Crowned as the Aberdeen Young Musician of the Year 2011, he performed concertos with various orchestras in Scotland. He has given recitals at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, and during his studies at ACMS he performed with a jazz band in venues such as the Blue Lamp, and the Edinburgh Jazz Bar.

Raymond has gone on to study at the Guildhall School of Music, and has received additional support from the Awards to facilitate his continued success.  He has won the Springboard Concerto Competition, leading to engagements with the Brighton Youth Orchestra. He continues to go from strength to strength and has a bright career ahead of him.