The Neave Ensemble is a fresh and versatile new guitar trio based in Glasgow (UK). Comprised of members Jacopo Lazzaretti (left), Tim Beattie (middle), Evan Dim (right), the trio was formed in 2019 while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Showcasing a breadth of repertoire unbound by style or period, the trio is passionate about exploring new sonorities by taking bold approaches to arrangement, programming, and instrumentation.
The group has enjoyed several performances including appearances at TheSpire Concert Series, Glasgow Big Guitar Weekend, Drumlanrig Castle, Ullapool Guitar Festival, and RCS Mondays@1-Ledger. Following success at a Musicians’ Company concert audition in 2020, the group recently joined the company as Yeomen in the Young Artists Scheme and look forward to a London debut at Wigmore Hall (TBD).
Jacopo Lazzarretti is a versatile and exciting guitarist from Rome, currently based in Glasgow. He graduated from the Conservatoire of Santa Cecilia in Rome in 2017 and completed the Masters Degree in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June 2019.
Jacopo has performed in many masterclasses with some of the world’s most well-known guitarists and he has been strongly inspired by musicians such as Arturo Tallini, Giulio Tampalini, Matthew McAllister, Allan Neave and Pavel Steidl. As a soloist, he has played in many concerts in Italy as well as abroad and won several prizes in national and international guitar competitions, such as 30th Young Musician International Competition Città di Barletta (2020), 8° International Competition Alirio Diaz of Rome (2019), North East Scotland Classical Guitar Society Award (2017). Since 2018, he has been a solo artist for Live Music Now Scotland.
Another important aspect of his musical life is his passion for chamber music, resulting in collaborations with other musicians as an active member of the JKL Duo (flute and guitar) and the Neave Ensemble (guitar trio).
Classical guitarist Tim Beattie is emerging as one of the important Canadian guitarists of his generation. He has performed at venues across North America and Europe, and has been lauded for his colourful and virtuosic interpretations. “Moving between textures and moods with ease … Beattie’s guitar dazzles” (Laura Stanley, Musicworks Magazine).
Beattie was named “Most Promising Youth” at the 2016 Arts and Culture Awards in Barrie, Canada (his hometown), and has since been recipient of numerous awards from the Sylva Gelber Foundation, Royal Overseas League, Worshipful Company of Musicians, and top prizes at the international guitar competitions in Antwerp, Brussels, Calgary, Hamilton, Uppsala, and others.
His performance credits include appearances at the Brussels International Guitar Festival, Cleveland Museum of Art, FirstOntario Concert Hall (supporting KD Lang), Guitar Society of Toronto, Spiegelzaal in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam (supporting Ludovico Einaudi), Scotland House, Podium Wittemann, and Young Classicals. A graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, Tim is currently based in Glasgow where he is following postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Emerging Canadian guitarist and Bachelor’s student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Evan Dim has enjoyed many collaborations that span cross-genre – in addition to being multi-instrumental. This includes his work with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Beyond Midnight, ‘PLUG’ contemporary music festival, and his performances with the Neave Ensemble (North American Guitar Trio) across the UK.
Notable performances of Evan’s include appearances at The Ullapool Guitar Festival, Guitar Hamilton, FirstOntario Performing Arts Center, the Glasgow Film Theatre, Stevenson Hall, and performing for the likes of His Royal Highness Prince Charles and the Duke of Buccleuch. Evan has also enjoyed appearing as a concerto soloist with the Niagara Youth Symphony Orchestra performing Villa-Lobos, and recording the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Orchestra with assistant conductor to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Alvin Ho.
While holding First Class Honours in Grade 10 practical guitar from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Evan has been awarded a Musicians’ Company Concert with the North American Guitar Trio, won numerous 1st prizes in Canadian regional and provincial competitions, has been nominated by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the Sylva Gelber Canada Arts Council Award, and has competed across Europe.
Musicians’ Company Award: Musicians’ Company Award 2020
Page Updated: Feb 2022