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Bill Stewart - Violin

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Started classical violin at the age of ten. —First prize in the Scottish Central Counties Music Festival in 1970, 1971, 1972 First prize in the Glasgow Music Festival in 1973 Won the McFarlane scholarship to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow at the age of fourteen. While at the Academy he won the first prize in the Robert Highgate Scholarship for violin in 1975.

Played with: —Scottish Chamber Orchestra —BBC Scotland —Scottish Opera Scottish Baroque Ensemble Virtuosi Scotland and at 19 toured Britain as the youngest leader of the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

At the age of 21 Bill left Scotland to take a position as leader of the Passau State Opera Orchestra in Germany before joining the world famous Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Herr. Prof. Karl Munchinger. By the time he was twenty-six, and as a member of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra Quartet, he had played in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York.

After many solo concerts, and support for, among others, Nikki Sudden, and Hazel O'Conner at the “Left Bank”, and playing with local groups like the Jazz Lads and Ellamental, he formed the Klazz with whom he played at the Derry Jazz Festival. Bill recently formed “The Bill Stewart Quintet” which have a wide repetoire of standard jazz titles, swing jazz, gypsy jazz and original compositions all played in unique arrangements.

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Comments on Summertime (from the Album Lucia's Waltz) by the International Collectors of Summertime Recordings:

My...that's a beauty!!! It's a 0 on a scale of 1 to 5 (horrible) and I hardly give that score (about 75 on our collection of more than 9,600). It really gives me goosepimples and only the great ones like Ben Webster or Cecilia Bartoli can do that. I've marked it a no trade recording, which means that none of my co-collectors will share it through any p2p-program or outside our little club. Thank you so much, I'm glad to have been that naughty/impolite to ask you for this one. ————————- ———————————

“If this year's Solo Festival has a theme it is probably ”master musicians” experience of real magic is expected...FiddleTree comprises Waterboys member Steve Wickham, manic scotsman Bill Stewart and Dervish musician Seamie O'Dowd

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