Highly regarded as a distinctive and accomplished musician, Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson continues to make an impact on the classical music scene. This season he holds an artistic residency at Perth Concert Hall, and performs in Belgium's Resonances Festival, Bath's Mozartfest, the Recital Hall in Zurich's Tonhalle, and on three separate occasions at Wigmore Hall.
Last year saw the release of Alasdair's critically acclaimed debut solo CD - the Opus 1's of Schumann, Grieg, Brahms and Berg with SOMM Recordings - described as a deeply impressive debut disc (International Piano Magazine). He was soloist in Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano Trumpet and Strings on tour with Alison Balsam and the Scottish Ensemble, culminating in a sell-out concert at Wigmore Hall, and was a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine.
For the Kirckman Society and the Park Lane Group, Alasdair has given numerous solo recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. A thoughtful programmer, these recitals have notably included the rarely performed piano version of Debussy's Jeux, George Benjamin's Shadowlines, and a programme of all French music on Bastille Day.
A sought-after chamber musician, Alasdair was invited to tour with the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove, in the UK, and Musicians from Steans Institute, Ravinia Festival, in the USA, after his participation in their masterclasses and concerts. Chamber appearances have included performances in Weill Hall, Carnegie, the Recital Hall of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, in Pekka Kuusisto's Festival at Lake Tuusula, Finland, and alongside such musicians as Pekka Kuusisto, Steven Isserlis, Lawrence Power, Tim Hugh and the Doric String Quartet.
Alasdair studied with John Blakely at the Royal College of Music, London, graduating in 2002 with First Class Honours and a Director's Golden Jubilee Award. He subsequently completed a Performer's Diploma at Indiana University, studying with Menahem Pressler. He holds prizes and awards from the Kirckman Concert Society, Philip and Dorothy Green (Making Music) Award for Young Artists, 2003 China Shanghai International Piano Competition, and Royal Over-Seas League. In masterclass he has played to Leon Fleisher, Alicia de Laroccha, John Lill, Murray Perahia and Ferenc Rados. Alasdair was recipient of a Dewar Arts Award and a grant from the Hope Scott Trust, enabling the purchase of a piano.