"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. He is currently based in London, England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is continuing his musical studies under Professor Ronan O’Hora.
In the United Kingdom, his most recent successes include top prizes at the 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 as 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, performing alongside fellow Guildhall musicians in his piano trio, where they were recently invited to perform as guest artists in the Salzburg Chamber Festival.
Scott’s 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 Prokofiev in Weill Recital Hall. This 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, 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 degree and 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 Masters of Music degree from Yale University, where he studied with Boris Berman and Peter Frankl.
Scott is a Steinway and Sons scholar and is grateful for their generous support, as well as the financial support of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Craxton Memorial Trust, the Grace Deville Bequest, Talent Unlimited, and the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation.