C. Perf., B.Mus., M. Mus., A. Dip., ARCT
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Hailed as a pianist with “brio and imagination” (The New York Times), possessing “natural grace and refinement” (Calgary Herald) as well as “speed, clarity, breath and musicality” (La Presse), Canadian pianist Scott MacIsaac has performed internationally as a soloist throughout North America, Asia, and in much of Western Europe. His most recent successes include top prizes at the Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition, Dudley International Piano Competition, the Brant International Competition, and the Royal Overseas League Competition. He has performed several times in many of Britain’s top venues, including: Steinway Hall, St. James Picadilly, Wigmore Hall, Cadogen Hall, Milton Court, Barbican Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, and Symphony Hall (Birmingham, UK). As a concerto soloist, he has collaborated with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. Scott is also an active chamber musician and performed alongside fellow Guildhall musicians in his piano trio, where they were recently invited to perform as guest artists in the Salzburg Chamber Festival.
Scott has won numerous awards in many competitions—most recently being awarded the Grand Prize in the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife (OSM) Competition. While a student at Yale University, he won the Prokofiev Competition there and made his Carnegie Hall debut performing in Weill Recital Hall. Last year, Scott returned to New York as one of few artists selected to participate in Jonathan Biss’ Carnegie Hall workshop devoted to the late works of Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms. In Canada, he has been the recipient of several other prizes, including those at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Piano Competition, the Shean Piano Competition, and two consecutive Grand Prize Awards in the Canadian Music Competition. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with several top orchestras. He recently made his debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at the Maison Symphonique, opened the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 concert season, and joined the YOA Orchestra of the Americas on their Nordic-Baltic tour. He has performed in some of Canada’s top summer festivals, including the Orford Music Festival, the OSM Virée Classique Festival hosted by Maestro Kent Nagano, Domaine Forget Festival, and the Banff Summer Music Festival. His recording for CBC Radio 2 was aired last November and he was subsequently named one of the "30 Hot Canadian Musicians under 30" in CBC Music's 2016 edition.
Scott graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Bachelor of Music and a Artist Diploma degree where he studied with Ronan O'Hora. He was the recipient of the Chairman’s Prize and the Kathleen Higginson Piano Prize in recognition for his high achievements at the school. He also holds a Certificate in Performance and a Masters of Music degree from Yale University, where he studied with Boris Berman and Peter Frankl.
As a teacher, Scott has taught piano performance for undergrad students in both Yale University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has also taught piano performance at the Preston Manor Music Academy in London, UK. He is often invited to give public masterclasses—the most recent one taking place at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
A native Calgarian, Scott studied with Marilyn Engle throughout much of his youth and he was a student for several years in the Mount Royal Conservatory Program for Gifted Youth and holds many fond memories. He was the Calgary Kiwanis Festival Rose Bowl Winner in 2010. Scott looks forward to joining the faculty of piano at Mount Royal University Conservatory in September.