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Rob MacKillop

Rob MacKillop had recorded 8 CDS of lute and historical guitar music, and also historical banjo music. He has approached the banjo with the same sensitivity and spirit of enquiry that he brought to the lute and guitar, uncovering many forgotten gems, and performing with a deep musical understanding. He has many editions published worldwide by Mel Bay.

"One of Scotland's finest musicians" Celtic World

"A top-drawer player" Early Music Today

"A true champion of Scottish music" The Herald

"A player of real quality, with warmth of personality and communication skills to of Scotland's top professionals" Classical Guitar

"MacKillop displays dazzling virtuosity...the playing is exceptionally musical" Sounding Strings

"a leading traditional talent who is single-handedly responsible for unearthing some of the nation's finest music" The Scotsman

Rob MacKillop - Rob has recorded eight CDs of historical music, three of which reached the Number One position in the Scottish Classical Music Chart. In 2001 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for his research into medieval Scottish music, which led him to studying with Sufi musicians in Istanbul and Morocco. He broadcast an entire solo concert on BBC Radio 3 from John Smith's Square, London.

He has presented academic papers at conferences in Portugal and Germany, and has been published many times. Rob has been active in both historical and contemporary music.

Three of Scotland's leading contemporary composers have written works for him, and he also composes new works himself. In 2004 he was Composer in Residence for Morgan Academy in Dundee, and in 2001 was Musician in Residence for Madras College in St Andrews. He created and Directed the Dundee Summer Music Festival.

He worked as a Reader of schools literature for Oxford University Press, and as a reviewer for Music Teacher. He has also been Lecturer in Scottish Musical History at Aberdeen University, Dundee University (where he created an evening class), and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

He was for five years the Musician In Residence to Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, and a regular article writer for BMG magazine.

Rob plays lute, vihuela, guitar (most styles and periods), banjos and ukuleles. He prefers to play with good-quality gut strings, but has occasionally been won over by the warm clang of good-quality steel strings!