Lindsay Davidson

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For a short programme note please use the following text:

"As the first person in the world to study Scottish Bagpipes at a University level, Lindsay has maintained a pioneering role and position in the world of piping, having toured and performed in over 40 countries on 5 continents. Lindsay's mission is to create a shared musical context between the western art and piping traditions. Lindsay's compositions range from Symphony, to opera and concerti, including a double concerto for lever harp and bagpipes. He has also translated several books and is co-founder and Director of one of Cracow's largest international schools. "

For a long programme note use the following:

"Lindsay Davidson studied at the Reid School of Music in the University of Edinburgh - the first person in the world to finish any higher education degree majoring as a 'piper and went on to complete a PhD in Composition.

Lindsay Davidson has held the honorary positions of Clan Piper to the Clan Davidson since 1992 and from 1987 till 2001 was "Town Piper to Linlithgow" (his home town) and also holds the unusual position of Composer to the Court of the Baron of Ardgowan. His compositions range from solo bagpipe music to symphony and opera, including the world's first bagpipe opera, Tulsa.
Lindsay has given concerts, recitals, workshops, lectures and papers all over the world; on five continents and approximately forty countries. As an educator, he is co-founder and Head of the Embassy International School in Krakow, Poland.  He has also written 'teach yourself' courses for various bagpipes and sixteenth-century style species counterpoint.

A significant part of Lindsay's activity is promoting and developing piping in the western art field. In addition to his own compositions, he has premiered pieces, composed specially for him: 'Broken Frontiers' by Jennifer Martin (1992), for double string quartet and smallpipes, conducted by Joe Cancellaro in Edinburgh, Scotland; Pieces for Gogarburn by Dee Isaacs (1998), Edinburgh, Scotland; 'Rhapsody' for borderpipes and string orchestra by Nobuya Monta (2009) conducted by Steve Ellery in London, England; 'Piece for Borderpipes' and string orchestra by Jonathan Merrett (2009) conducted by Steve Ellery in Kobe, Japan.

Lindsay frequently performs with his wife, Irena, playing the harp, as part of the long estabished trio, Celtic Triangle (pipes, harp and soprano), and with a variety of ensembles ranging from string quartet to symphony orchestra."


For programmes and posters please select photos (high resolution) from those below. Credit should be given to Arkadiusz Sedek, who took these photographs.

 Lindsay Davidson with pipes high resolution
Lindsay with pipes
photo by Arkadiusz Sedek

Lindsy portatrai high resolution
Lindsay, portait
photo by Arkadiusz Sedek

Lindsay and Irena high resolution
Lindsay and Irena
photo by Arkadiusz Sedek

Lindsay and Irena 2 high resolution
Lindsay and Irena
photo by Arkadiusz Sedek

Katarzyna Wiwer and Lindsay Celtic Triangle high resolution
photo by Malgorzata Winiarska

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