Within minutes their listeners were aware of the faultless technique, intimate mutual understanding and sensitive delivery which characterised the whole recital
Duo - Vocal & Instrumental
- Kristiina Watt - Soprano/19th century guitar/baroque guitar
- Ian Watt - Modern guitar/19th century guitar
Programmes feature duo and solo repertoire composed for the various types of guitars from the 16th century onwards. As Kristiina is also a singer the programmes also include vocal works performed according to the widely encountered historical practice of self-accompanying.
A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow, in the 2019/20 academic year Kristiina Watt will be studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with lutenists William Carter/David Miller. Her studies will be supported by the Guildhall School and Help Musicians UK. In 2019, Kristiina was a bursary student at Dartington International Summer School studying with David Miller (lute) and Dame Emma Kirkby (singing).
She has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Camerata, Kellie consort and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony and Baroque orchestras. In 2019/20 she has been selected to perform in various projects throughout the season as part of the Stradella Y-Project (Italy).
Kristiina has held choral scholarships at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, University of Glasgow Chapel Choir and sung with the National Youth Choir of Scotland. She made her operatic debut with the Kellie consort as 2nd witch/chorus during their 2016 summer tour of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’.
Kristiina also performs regularly with soprano Héloïse Bernard in the duo Cordes en Ciel which is a part of the Live Music Now scheme
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 as well as Europe. Noted for his ‘exceptional range of timbre’ (BBC Music Magazine), 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).
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 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.