Tristan Watson

Tristan Watson clarinet


Originally from York, Tristan moved to Cardiff in 2008 to take up a place at Cardiff University to read music. His degree focused on all aspects of music strengthening his skills in performance, composition, theory and analysis. Following his undergraduate studies, Tristan progressed further to study for a MMus in composition under the guidance of Arlene Sierra, Robert Fokkens and Judith Wier. As a composer, Tristan has spent time working with members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Exaudi Vocal Ensemble and the flautist Rowland Sutherland.

As a conductor Tristan has worked with a variety of ensembles whilst at university in Cardiff. He enjoyed a long and successful relationship conducting the Cardiff University Wind Ensemble whom he founded in 2009 and enjoyed many successes with on a national level. Tristan also took a short spell conducting the Cardiff University Health Care Society orchestra for a successful charity gala concert. Tristan worked as a conductor with the Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group conducting new works of his own and fellow students as well as working alongside composer Judith Wier to perform a concert of her music.

Tristan is an experienced performer, taking the role of principal clarinet with many different orchestra and ensembles in both the north of England and South Wales. Tristan successfully auditioned for the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain as a clarinetist and played with them for two years.

In early 2012 Tristan took up the position of orchestral manager with the Welsh Sinfonia, one of the leading Welsh chamber orchestras. The experience gained working with this orchestra has lead Tristan in to pursuing a career in arts management.


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