Stewart McIlwham began his studies at the Douglas Academy Music School in Glasgow with John Wiggins. He continued his studies at the GSMD under Peter Lloyd, before being appointed principal piccolo of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985, a position held until 1990. As a student Stewart McIlwham played in both the NYO of Scotland and the NYO of Great Britain, as well as the ECYO. He was also finalist in the Shell LSO Competition on two occasions. Stewart McIlwham was principal piccolo of the RPO from 1990 to 1997. He gave the world première of the Maxwell Davies piccolo concerto with the RPO in Nottingham, followed by the London première at the Barbican in April 1997. He is currently principal piccolo of the LPO.
Faculties / departments: Woodwind