The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards – ‘Best Musical Artist 2017’
Lliam Paterson was born in Ellon, Aberdeenshire in 1991. After studies at the Aberdeen City Music School and St. Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh he read music at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, where he graduated First Class. He had private compositions lessons with Errollyn Wallen while at Cambridge. Lliam subsequently studied as a piano accompanist with Eugene Asti and as a repetiteur at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing his studies with Distinction. During his time at the Guildhall, he studied privately with Judith Weir.
Lliam became Emerging Artist Composer-in-Residence immediately following the completion of his studies. He created a wide range of work for the company: a fanfare for the Gala concert to celebrate the opening of the Theatre Royal’s new foyer; miniature operas for three consecutive Opera Highlights tours beginning in 2015; large-scale works for the company’s mainstage and for the Education Department During his time as Composer-in-Residence, he was mentored by both David Sawer and Nicola LeFanu.
Lliam’s opera The 8th Door was commissioned by Scottish Opera and co-produced with Vanishing Point in performances at the Theatre Royal Glasgow and Edinburgh Festival Theatre in March/ April 2017. Matthew Lenton directed and Sian Edwards conducted the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
BambinO, an opera for babies aged 6 to 18 months, was co-commissioned by Scottish Opera, Improbable and the Manchester International Festival. Directed by Phelim McDermott and designed by Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli, BambinO opened at the Manchester International Festival in 2017, followed by performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Forthcoming performances include a tour of Paris in collaboration with the Théâtre du Châtalet and performances at The Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Lliam was named ‘Best Musical Artist’ at the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2017 for his work with Scottish Opera.
As a pianist, Lliam has been orchestral pianist for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, ensemble pianist for the London Sinfonietta Academy, guest pianist with the Southbank Sinfonia and repetiteur for contemporary operas by Birtwistle, Nicola LeFanu, Jonathan Dove, Judith Weir and Gareth Williams, at the Brighton Festival, Cheltenham Festival, British Youth Opera and NOISE Opera. Lliam has been much involved with Scottish Opera as a repetiteur and orchestral pianist, including Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek, Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and the Connect Company’s project of a trilogy of three contemporary works by young composers, Opera Sparks. He will be repetiteur for Garsington Opera’s 2018 world premiere production of David Sawer’s The Skating Rink.
Lliam is undertaking a Ph.D. in Creative Music Practice (Opera) at Edinburgh University, where he is supported by a full AHRC Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership studentship. His supervisory panel includes composers Gareth Williams and Peter Nelson, and conductor and head of the Guildhall Opera School, Dominic Wheeler.
Current compositional projects include: a chamber opera for Scottish Opera based on a Don DeLillo short story with libretto by Pamela Carter; a documentary soundtrack for a film about the architecture of Glasgow, Symphony in Stone; an opera in collaboration with librettist Phil Cosker and designers Guiseppe and Emma Belli; and a solo electric guitar work for acclaimed guitarist Sean Shibe.
Rupert Christiansen: ‘The 8th Door reveals that Lliam Paterson is a name to remember.’
2014 International Frederic Mompou Award (Barcelona)