Multi-award-winning composer, harpist and curator
Ailie Robertson (b.1983) is a multi-award winning composer, performer and creative curator whose work crosses the boundaries of traditional and contemporary music. Winner of The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO iCompose Prize, and 2nd in the Oslo Grieg Competition, Ailie has received commissions, awards and residences from Creative Scotland, Enterprise Music Scotland, the CCA, Culture Ireland, Celtic Connections,EIFF, and CALQ Montreal. She was chosen for the 2016/17 RSNO Composer’s hub, awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship and was winner of the ‘Achievement in New Music’ prize at the inaugural New Music Scotland Awards.
Ailie Robertson from Edinburgh is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. A five-time National Mod Gold Medalist and a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist, Ailie also won first prize at the inaugural London Harp Competition, was judged best overall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival and won the St Albans New Roots award. Her debut solo album ‘First things first' won the 'Live Ireland' award for 'Best Instrumental Cut of the Year’. She has performed and taught all over the world, released 3 solo CDs and published 7 volumes of harp sheet music.
"Innovative, assured and beautiful...her harp exerts an undeniable and inexorable tug at the heart strings" - Scotland on Sunday
"Flair, precision and consummate skill, plus passionate drive and gentle reserve. There's many clichés you could use such as 'old head on young shoulders', and 'talent beyond her years' – but they don’t come close. Inspired genius." - Folkwords
"a player of Ailie's class has the ability to tear your heart out" - Maverick
“Robertson's genius is in straddling the Irish and Scottish traditions with a fresh-faced and utterly bearable lightness of being.” - Irish Times
'She is a superior musician, understands the tradition, has her own style and is at home in trad as in the jazz idiom. The amount of major awards she has won for her harp playing would fill this column. The awards don't tell the story. This is wonderful. A major new star' - LiveIreland.com
The organisation is dedicated to bringing new and innovative work from both established and developing composers to wide audiences, and increasing the profile of New Music at home and internationally.
Projects have 3 key themes
1) To commission exciting, innovative new work from a diverse range of composers.
2) To work in a collaborative way, across artforms, to connect artists, writers, dancers and musicians in exploring new processes.
3) To explore new partnerships with venues and organisations around the UK who may not previously have worked with new music
We’re always interested in finding new people to collaborate with.
Previously we’ve made projects for Archives, Schools, Community Ensembles, Music Ensembles, Theatre and Dance, so if you have an idea, or even if you want us to come up with an idea for you, please do get in touch.We are experienced in project management, so if the project needs budgets, funding applications or other organistional tools, that’s no barrier to us working together.