Concert Reviews

‘…possessed a musicality and charisma – a temperament, even – that allows one to transcend the bonds of an instrumental community’ – Soundboard (U.S.A), 2009

‘Time stopped in this interpretation and the concentration of young Ian Watt’s guitar playing acted like a zoom lens on pain and reflection.’ – The Herald (Scotland), 2009

‘…Ian Watt is a star in the ascendant.’ – Aberdeen Press and Journal (Scotland), 2010

‘…an eighteen year old phenom.’ – Soundboard (U.S.A.), 2009

‘Watt gave a dazzlingly virtuosic performance, most excitingly in the cadenza of the final movement which he had contributed.’ – The Herald (Scotland), 2010

‘…a guitarist of outstanding skill and originality.’ – Classical Guitar (U.K.), 2010

‘…astoundingly atmospheric playing in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez…’ – The Herald (Scotland), 2008

‘Flawless, passionate and driven…’ – Aberdeen Press and Journal (Scotland), 2006

‘Ian Watt delivered all the fire and excitement of the outer movements with bravura technical brilliance and passion. The central slow movement which is what made this concerto a worldwide favourite was stunningly played by both soloist and orchestra…’ – Aberdeen Press and Journal (Scotland), May 2012

CD reviews

Invocación – Impressions of Spain (2011, Nimbus, NI 6172)

‘…in a field of ever-increasing size, this disc is outstanding.’ – Zane Turner, Music Web International, 2012

‘Ian Watt uses all the right punctuations in all the right places, making the musical construct a stellar example of his ardour, his genius and his excellence.’ – Christie Grimstad,, 2012


Britten, Walton, McLeod, Wilson and Dowland (2013, Nimbus, NI 6226)

‘Watt’s exceptional range of timbre is especially apparent in John McLeod’s inventive Fantasy on themes from Britten’s Gloriana, while the opening of Nocturnal is sublime…a thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable disc.’ – BBC Music Magazine, October 2013

‘…he [Watt] sounds completely at home whatever century or style he is playing in. He is technically assured, thoughtful, unpretentious…his phrasings, colours and characterisations are a match for anyone.’ – Music Web International, 2013

‘…played with sensitivity and understanding…hauntingly performed…a strong, and superbly played, programme.’ – Albion Magazine, 2013