Critically acclaimed musician Jamie Akers was hailed as ‘the great Scottish guitarist’ by Classical Guitar Magazine and, in a review from Gramophone, his playing was described as, ‘containing all the warmth, colour and expressive richness one could hope for.’
Jamie studied with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music, London and, following a Junior Fellowship at Trinity College of music, began performing and recording widely with leading artists, ensembles, orchestras, opera and theatre companies including Alison Balsom, Dame Emma Kirkby, the Dunedin Consort, English National Opera, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Essen Philharmonie, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Damon Albarn. Jamie was artist in residence with the Scottish Ensemble.
James has released several solo recordings of lute and romantic guitar music and broadcast for BBC Radio 3, France Musique, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
At RCS, Jamie teaches early pucked instruments and lectures on history and performance practice. He has lectured on Shakespearean music and worked on baroque opera performances.
Jamie’s outreach experience, also led him to be involved with working on Prison workshop projects with students.
Awards and achievements
Athenaeum fund awards to make two recordings, The Soldier’s Return, 19th century guitar music inspired by Scotland and Le Donne e la Chitarra, music for guitar by women composers.