Gawain Usher, a violist, joined the Benedetti Foundation as an Ambassador for the 2020 live sessions in Glasgow and Dundee. It was during those sessions that he discovered his deeply felt love for teaching and music education. The Benedetti Foundation’s dedication to excellence
in instrumental performance and its passion for teaching embodies Gawain’s values as an artist and he is grateful now to serve as Ambassador Programme Manager.
Gawain received his Masters in Viola Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2020, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music, cum laude, from the Lawrence University Conservatory in the United States. Previously Gawain attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. As a musician Gawain has had the opportunity to perform across Europe and the United States with chamber music, orchestra, and opera. At the RCS Gawain was awarded the Mary D. Adams Prize in Chamber Music and achieved First Prize in the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition and received a commendation in the RCS Governors’ Recital Prize for Strings. As the recipient of several orchestral fellowships he has had the opportunity to work with various ensembles and conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, David Watkin, Joseph Swenson, Dale Clevanger, Joanne Faletta, Josep Caballé Domenech, among others. Gawain also plays regularly with the newly formed InsideOut music collective, a group of musicians and creative artists who come together to improvise, perform and collaborate with one another in a free form imaginative space.
Passionate about both performance and music education, Gawain looks forward to growing artistically alongside the Bendetti Foundation and working hard to further its outreach in the months and years to come.