Scottish violinist Ryan Young was inspired to play the fiddle after seeing Aly Bain perform on the BBC Hogmanay show and subsequently by the playing of fiddler Eilidh Steel from Helensburgh. He was awarded the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of music scholarship to attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland junior academy (formerly RSAMD) where he received tuition from Sarah-Jane Summers, Kirsty Cotter, and James Ross. He was awarded a further scholarship at the age of 15 to attend the senior school of the Conservatoire, with a place being held for him until he was old enough to attend; graduating with a B.A. (Hons) first-class in Scottish music, and was the recipient of the Arthur Robertson prize for Scots fiddle playing during his third year. There he studied with Alistair McCulloch, Pete Clark, Marie Fielding and Phil Cunningham.
Ryan was a winner of the Danny Kyle Open Stage in 2007 at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival and was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in both 2007 and 2008. He was also a finalist in both 2015 and 2016 in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He has performed at many festivals across Scotland including Celtic Connections, the Niel Gow festival, the Edinburgh Scots Fiddle Festival, and abroad in countries such as Ireland, France, Cuba, The Czech Republic and Russia. Through his studies at the Conservatoire, he has performed on the BBC Hogmanay show and alongside Paolo Nutini and Phil Cunningham on the main stage at T in the Park for around 80,000 people. Ryan regularly plays for ceilidhs all over the UK and has performed at high profile corporate events including for the former First Minister Alex Salmond.
Ryan focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. He is very influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare and has been fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin. In 2015, Ryan travelled to County Clare to play at Feakle Festival, accompanied by one of his biggest inspirations, Dennis Cahill. This was a particular highlight both musically and personally.
Two amazing fiddlers - one Irish, one Scottish; Martin Hayes with Ryan Young.
Ryan has just completed his MMus at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (where he was awarded a further scholarship).
In December 2016, at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, Ryan was named 'Up and Coming Artist of the Year'.
He has just recorded his debut solo album, of his own and traditional Scottish tunes, with triple Grammy award winning producer Jesse Lewis. The album will be released on August the 11th 2017.
‘Uniquely graceful and expressive playing. A future star of the Scottish fiddle world' – Aidan O’Rourke (Lau)
'Ryan is a very talented award-winning young fiddler with his own distinctive style, who has already established a remarkable reputation in the traditional music community' - Willie Clancy Week, Ireland.
‘Ryan’s playing brings an intense and unique approach to the burgeoning Scottish music scene’ – Ross Ainslie (Treacherous Orchestra)
‘He is an immensely talented player with his own quite distinct style’ – Alistair McCulloch
‘His passion for music is manifest in his playing’ – Pete Clark
‘Ryan Young’s fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. His sound is very distinctive and he always manages to take the listener on an adventurous and emotional musical journey in any performance’ – Hamish Napier
‘His passion and technical skills as a fiddle player are evident in everything he plays…His understanding of the fiddle is excellent, giving his music a voice of its own’ – Marie Fielding
‘Wow Ryan! What a performance. There was so much emotion in your playing…’ – Gillian Frame
‘The entire performance moved me…’ – Maeve MacKinnon
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