About World Champion Piper Robert Watt:
Irish Piper Robert Watt began to play his first instrument, the Great Highland Bagpipe at the age of seven. During his first years in his local pipe band he won many titles including several All-Ireland and Ulster Championships and the World Championships.
In 1998 Robert joined the World Famous Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band where he spent three years enjoying the success at the pinnacle of Grade one.
Robert then turned his focus more on competitive solo piping and in just a few years he had achieved most of the top awards in this field.
Some of his achievements include the coveted Silver Medal for Piobaireachd at the Northern Meeting in Inverness on his first attempt. He was awarded third in the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban a few years later in 2003.
He has also recorded numerous Piobaireachd and light music prizes around the highland games circuit in Scotland and the USA.
Some other prizes include winning the G S MacLennon invitational in San Diego, California, the Highland Society of London Piobaireachd competition and the Strachan Memorial light music competition in London, the Donald MacDonald Quaich on the Isle of Skye.
Robert was awarded 'Piper of the Day' at both the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta, Georgia and the Grandfather Mountain Highland games in North Carolina after winning all of the piping events. He is also four times winner of the 'Highlands and Islands Young Piper of the Year' held annually in Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. He has also been awarded most of the prizes in Ireland, including several Ulster and All Ireland titles.
One of Robert’s most impressive aspects of his performance is his ability to play Celtic Traditional Music in different styles. The world famous MacAllan Trophy (now renamed MacCrimmon) competition at the Lorient Festival in Brittany attracts some of the best pipers from around the world and requires the diversity to present a program of music in an Irish, Scottish and Breton style.
Robert was awarded this prestigious trophy again in 2014 for a record seventh time.
Robert is a popular instructor and recitalist and has travelled worldwide in this role. He is also becoming more and more involved in the judging both solo and band competitions.