Alasdair Malloy

Concert presenter, percussionist, glass harmonica player, programme deviser and arranger; Alasdair Malloy is a creative musician crossing many musical boundaries who has introduced music to thousands of people across the globe. Highly acclaimed for creating unique educational and family concert programmes Alasdair has an extensive collection ranging from small ensemble through to symphony orchestra depicting everything from mathematics, science and sport to magic, mystery and pirates.

As a concert presenter, Alasdair regularly appears in the UK with the Hallé, Ulster Orchestra, City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Orchestra of Opera North, Sinfonia Viva, Oxford Philomusica and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In Asia, Alasdair appears regularly with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In China, Alasdair’s premiere of his highly acclaimed programme ‘Bugs!!’ won the National Silver award for the best national performance for children in 2005, under the umbrella of Shanghai Sunspirit Cultural Development organisation. 2010 saw Alasdair make his USA debut with the Charlotte Symphony, to great acclaim.  In Europe, Alasdair has established strong relationships with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine. This season Alasdair will make his debut with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris presenting Créatures fantastiques at the Centquatre, Paris.

Principal percussionist with the BBC Concert Orchestra for over 25, and a regular soloist with them, Alasdair regularly incorporates percussion inspired features within his own programmes. Alasdair is also active as a percussionist in other genres and has regularly arranged, recorded and performed with many celebrated artists including Jarvis Cocker and Scott Walker. His 20th year of working with Mike Oldfield culminated in his performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. 

As the country’s leading Glass Harmonica specialist, Alasdair has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Aldeburgh festival, St John’s Smith Square and Kings Place London, and St George’s in Bristol. Alasdair premiered David Horne's Vapours and Fireflies with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra respectively.  He is regularly invited to record with acclaimed artists such as Icelandic pop star Björk and can be heard on numerous film soundtracks; two of the Harry Potter films and most recently the BAFTA and Oscar winning Hollywood blockbuster Gravity.

Having made his BBC Proms solo debut in 1998, Alasdair has made a number of subsequent performances there as well as at other notable music festivals including Bury St Edmunds, Chester, Henley, Arundel, Lichfield and Risør in Norway.

January 2014