Ian Whitelaw


Scottish Great Highland bagpipe

Master bagpiper Ian WhitelawMost are familiar with the Great Highland Bagpipe, the celebrated instrument of Scottish music.  Bagpipe music connects people to their Scottish cultural heritage and it is played regularly at community events such as weddings, and funerals.

A native of Manchester, England, Ian Whitelaw began playing the bagpipes when he was nine years old. He had the opportunity to study with Bob Nicol, the former piper to King George V, and Andrew Wright, president of the Highland Society of Piobaireachd (the classical music of the bagpipes, pronounced “pee-brock”).  Ian has won top awards for bagpiping throughout the United States and Canada.  He currently teaches, performs for the community, and has brought Highland bagpipe music to the entertainment industry, serving as a creative consultant and performer on successful films and television shows.

Ian was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011, with apprentice Ian Douglass.  The apprenticeship focused on playing accompaniment to Highland dancing, as well as a study of Piobaireachd, the classical music of the bagpipes.

In 2008, Ian was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program with apprentice Earl Braten.  Their apprenticeship emphasized the study of Piobaireachd and the traditional oral language of the music.

In 2005, Ian was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program with apprentice David Mock.  Their apprenticeship focused on improving David's skills so that he can continue to advance in competitions and perform for the community at weddings and funerals.

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