Ian Scott is Principal Clarinet with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia as well as being one of London's busiest freelance clarinettists. He plays regularly as guest principal with most of the London orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Opera House and London Mozart players. Out of London, Ian has played as guest principal with the Hallé in Manchester and the City of Birmingham Symphony.
Born in Scotland, Ian studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and later at the University of Arizona. From 1980 to 1986 he was Principal Clarinet with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and from 1987 to 1989 was Principal Clarinet with I Solisti Veneti in Padua. During his tenure in Lisbon he appeared as soloist on numerous occasions, including performances of the Mozart Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante, both Weber Concertos and the Rossini Variations. Since leaving his post in Padua Ian has made several trips back to Italy to perform as soloist with I Solisti Veneti as well as the Orchestra da Camera di Padova. Back in England he has appeared as soloist with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, The Guildford Philharmonic, The City of Oxford Orchestra, London Musici and the Northern Sinfonia.
Away from large symphony orchestras, Ian Scott is a founder member of Harmoniemusik of London, which records for the Virgin label, and is a member of London's leading clarinet sextet, The Clarinet Section. In 2001, the first of a series of recordings by The Clarinet Section was released on the Clarinet Classics label, featuring the music of Debussy and Ravel. In 2003 ASV White Line released his first solo recording "British Clarinet Concertos" featuring world premiere recordings of works by Guy Woolfenden, Alan Paul, Joseph Horovitz, Geoffrey Bush and Alan Ridout.
Ian's latest recording, of English clarinet concertos, is on the Dutton Epoch label. As with his previous disc, they are all world premiere recordings and include the concertos of Leighton Lucas and Humphrey Proctor-Gregg, with smaller works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Carmichael. The Royal Ballet Sinfonia accompany, with Barry Wordsworth conducting.
Ian Scott changed to Peter Eaton Elite clarinets early in 1999. "My problem is finding a superlative to describe them. They really are performing well and I only wish I'd done this ten years ago. The sound that I have in my head is just there, in the instrument." Ian uses a 1.31 21.5 L Eaton mouthpiece on his large bore Elite clarinets.
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