Born in Glasgow, Scott Dickinson (viola) studied at the Music School of Douglas Academy and then in Manchester, London and Salzburg, where he won the Mozarteum Concerto Competition.
He has appeared with Yuri Bashmet, Steven Isserlis, the Gould Piano Trio, Brodsky, Chilingirian, Elias, Navarra and Royal Quartets, and the Hebrides, Nash, Razumovsky and Red Note Ensembles. As a guest principal viola he has played with groups as diverse as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the CBSO, LPO, Philharmonia, Swedish Radio Symphony, SCO and the John Wilson Orchestras. He has also performed with the World Orchestra for Peace. For five years he was a member of the Leopold String Trio, appearing worldwide including at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Carnegie Hall New York, Cité de la Musique Paris, King’s Place Sydney, regularly at the Wigmore Hall, London, on BBC Radio and on acclaimed CDs for Hyperion.
In 2002 Scott returned to Scotland to become principal viola of the BBC SSO, with whom he also regularly appears as soloist, collaborating with conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Edward Gardner, Donald Runnicles, Stephan Solyom, John Wilson and on a highly praised CD of “Jubilus” by Jonathan Harvey conducted by Ilan Volkov.
Scott has taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School and, currently, at the RCS. He regularly plays flute, viola and harp trios with his wife, flautist Susan Frank, and the harpist Lucy Wakeford. He lives outside Glasgow with Sue and their two sons, Ben and Jamie.