Seonaid Aitken

Musician

Hailing from Fife, Seonaid Aitken is an accomplished vocalist, pianist, composer and arranger. She is known for being a versatile musician and is much in demand as a session recording artist in Scotland. Seonaid received the Leonard Friedman Violin Award from the Mendelssohn on Mull Music Festival and is a recipient of a Danny Kyle Award for her performance at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.

After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Seonaid toured the world with the Canadian dancing fiddle show Barrage, and completed residencies in Japan and in Las Vegas. She has performed for H.R.H Prince Philip, Prince Edward, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Mikhail Gorbachev. She now performs her own show onboard the luxury liners of Princess, Celebrity and Crystal Cruises.

As well as performing and recording with her Glasgow-based gypsy/swing jazz band Rose Room, Seonaid tours the UK and records with Scottish folk singer and former Idlewild front man Roddy Woomble. She is a regular violinist with the orchestra of the Scottish Opera and also plays with Western Swing band Stretch Dawrson and the Mending Hearts. She has a solo album entitled 'Souvenir' and will soon release a live DVD of her show 'Stage & Screen'.

Seonaid can be seen playing Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture 'Fingal's Cave' on the BBC2 programme Coast. Other television credits include performances on BBC's 'Children In Need' (UK), Bravo and TVA (Canada), and PBS (USA). She is currently orchestrating the music by composer Tim Phillips for a National Theatre of Scotland production which will premiere at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, then tour the UK and China. Her next arranging project is for a BBC adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'Esio Trot' which will feature Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman.

"effervescent... dazzlingly accomplished... With her bouncy, uplifting style of playing, Aitken evoked the spirit of Stephane Grappelli" The Herald