Sam Watkin, Viola

Sam grew up in a small village just outside of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Music had always been a part of his life as his father is a violin maker and repairer, his uncle is a cellist and both of his grandparents on his father’s side are violin and viola teachers. He began violin lessons at the age of seven and changed to viola aged 17. Sam was offered a scholarship to study for my bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Whilst attending, he studied with Andrew Berridge and Stephen Tees, and had masterclasses with world renowned viola players such as Antoine Tamestit, Garth Knox and Rachel Beeston. One of the most inspirational moments of his life came in his third year of studies after he successfully auditioned to be on the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s apprenticeship scheme, which for that year included a two week tour of India with the orchestra conducted by Sir James MacMillan, with Nicola Benedetti as soloist. This experience gave him an insight into working side-by-side with a professional orchestra, performing concerts broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 across three cities in India. Since graduating, Sam has been studying privately with Scott Dickinson whilst working as a freelance musician and teacher. He has performed professionally with the Orchestra of the Swan, including tours to both Mexico and Turkey, and also with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rogue Orchestra, Cairn String Quartet and the Argyll String Quartet. He is currently a member of Southbank Sinfonia in London.

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