Kristiina Watt, BMus (Hons)
Kristiina is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied with Prof. Allan Neave and is currently following a master's programme e at the University of Glasgow/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying early plucked instruments with James Akers and singing with Patricia Macmahon.
Kristiina made her solo debut in 2007 at the Fiesta de la Guitarra guitar festival in Estonia. As a student at the prestigious Tallinn Music High School, where she studied with Julia Kahro-Reinman and Kristo Kao, she performed a varied range of music. With a repertoire ranging from contemporary to early music she took part in the Estonian Music Days and Autumn Festival, where she premiered works by Veljo Vark, Tauno Vilu and Kirsi Tilk, and performed with the early music trio ‘Fiori Musicali’ at the I Early Music Festival for Youth in Rakvere.
Kristiina made her debut as a concerto soloist in 2008, performing the Guitar Concerto by H.Villa-Lobos with the Tallinn Music High School and G.Ots Music School symphony orchestra at the Estonia Concert Hall conducted by Finland-based conductor Mikk Murdvee. Taking a keen interest in contemporary music she was asked to play Tonu Korvits’ ‘Concerto Semplice’ with the Harjumaa String Orchestra in 2009.
As a keen ensemblist Kristiina has experience in playing in various instrumental combinations, some of her past collaborations include the early music trio ‘Fiori Musicali’ ,with countertenor Kristjan Jaanek Molder and cellist Johanna Randvere, of which she was a founding member., a duo with clarinettist Signe Somer, and a duo with violinist Sandra Hiie. With percussionist Maarja Nuut she also performed at the H.Eller composition prize ceremony in April 2010 playing Tonu Korvits’ ‘Azure’ at the composer’s request. At present Kristiina regularly performs in a duo with her husband, the Scottish guitarist Ian Watt. In addition to regular performances with Ian in Scotland, which have included recitals at the Aberdeen Youth Festival and a duo performance at the St.Margaret’s concert series in Glasgow, Kristiina and Ian also performed at the Fiesta de la guitarra guitar festival in 2011 presenting a concert of French and Spanish music which included Kristiina’s own arrangement of Gabriel Faurè’s suite for piano duo ‘Dolly’.
Her orchestral experience as a guitarist includes working with the with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Camerata, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra (all on guitar) and RCS baroque orchestra and Sospiro baroque (on lute/theorbo).
Kristiina’s competition awards include II prize at the ‘Tallinn 2010’ International Guitar Competition, I prize at the Tallinn Guitar Competition for Youth and II prize at the Baltic Guitar Competition for Youth in Riga.
On Saturday mornings Kristiina teaches children with Additional Support Needs at Paragon ensemble's music tuition project Play On. She teaches guitar as well as singing and general musicianship skills, based on the student's needs and wishes.