Lindsay Davidson

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Lindsay Davidson studied at the Reid School of Music in the University of Edinburgh - the first person in the world to finish any higher education degree majoring as a 'piper. He later completed a PhD in Composition, traditional teacher training as a Primary school teacher and a Master's degree in Education.

Lindsay Davidson has held the honorary positions of Clan Piper to the Clan Davidson since 1992 and from 1987 till 2001 was "Town Piper to Linlithgow" (his home town). In  Autumn 2004, after a great many commissions, was appointed composer to the Court of the Baron of Ardgowan.

Before leaving Scotland in 2001, Lindsay established several pipe bands and his school of piping. He gave that up to live in Poland, where he met his harpist wife, Irena.
 
Lindsay has given concerts, recitals, workshops, lectures and papers all over the world; on five continents and approximately forty countries. As an educator, he is co-founder and Head of the Embassy International School in Krakow, Poland.  He has also written 'teach yourself' courses for bagpipes and sixteenth-century style species counterpoint.

A significant part of Lindsay's activity is promoting and developing piping in the western art field. In addition to his own compositions, he has premiered pieces, composed specially for him: 'Broken Frontiers' by Jennifer Martin (1992), for double string quartet and smallpipes, conducted by Joe Cancellaro in Edinburgh, Scotland; Pieces for Gogarburn by Dee Isaacs (1998), Edinburgh, Scotland; 'Rhapsody' for borderpipes and string orchestra by Nobuya Monta (2009) conducted by Steve Ellery in London, England; 'Piece for Borderpipes' and string orchestra by Jonathan Merrett (2009) conducted by Steve Ellery in Kobe, Japan.

Lindsay has also translated several books from Polish into English, mainly in the fields of theory of literature, intertextuality and musical matters.
 

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