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Stewart McIlwham

Piccolo (Principal)

Stewart McIlwham

Joined the LPO in 1997

Principal Piccolo

Stewart McIlwham began his studies at the Douglas Academy Music School in Glasgow with John Wiggins. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Peter Lloyd, before being appointed Principal Piccolo of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985, a position he held until 1990. As a student Stewart McIlwham was a founder member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, as well as playing with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Community Youth Orchestra. He was also a finalist in the Shell LSO Competition on two occasions in 1981 and 1985.

Stewart McIlwham was Principal Piccolo of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1990–97. He gave the world premiere of the Maxwell Davies Piccolo Concerto with the RPO conducted by the composer in Nottingham, followed by the London premiere at the Barbican in April 1997.

Stewart is currently Principal Piccolo of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor of Piccolo at the Royal College of Music in London. He joined the Board of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, and was President from 2012–19.