Callum Watson (1997- ) is quickly becoming recognised as one of Victoria’s most notable up and coming musicians. He has achieved this outstanding musical reputation through his work as a pianist and composer during his secondary school years. This has seen him compose music for over five theatrical productions in his position as Musical Director for Western Edge in Melbourne. Recently, Callum has developed a reputation for composing concert music. His composition “Clash of the Cultures” featuring various ethnic instrumentation from Didgeridoo to Sitar to Bagpipes has reached critical acclaim. For this work, Callum was awarded the Margaret Schofield Scholarship for composition. This distinguished award is given to one composer in Victoria each year as part of VCE. Callum has also been asked to play this composition in the 2016 Top Acts series at Melba Hall. Currently, Callum is studying a Bachelor of Music degree at Monash University specialising in Composition.
Callum has an equal if not better standing as a pianist. Having played piano for nearly 15 years he has worked up some serious virtuosity. He excels in both the Classical and Jazz fields. Callum has received great acclaim as a Jazz Pianist after participating in the exclusive New York Jazz Symposium with teachers from the Juilliard Music School such as Carl Allen and Rodney Jones, both of whom are giants in the Jazz genre. In this experience Callum was chosen along with 30 others from around Australasia to have an inspiring Jazz experience. Callum is an in demand keyboard player playing in as many as six bands at a time. In his experience as a solo pianist Callum has regular gigs around Melbourne and the Surf Coast. In this capacity he has had many memorable performances playing for Premiers, Mayors, Ministers and Celebrities.