A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire (formally the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama), Ron Jappy has always had a passion for performing and teaching music. From a young age, he made the best of the opportunities given to him, and has been influenced by a broad range of fantastic musicians and teachers. During his time spent in Glasgow, Ron has had a number of experiences presented to him through the rich and vibrant music scene, and is subsequently sought after as an accomplished guitarist, fiddler and pianist.
Born and brought up in the small, coastal village of Findochty in the North East of Scotland, Ron began his musical journey when he received fiddle and piano lessons whilst at primary school. During his teenage years, he then received tuition from Donald Barr (also a graduate of RSAMD) who was a great encouragement and inspiration to him. In his early years with Donald, Ron broadened his knowledge of Scottish fiddle music with the Strathspey Fiddlers. Travelling with the group, he performed in many situations as a solo and group performer throughout the UK, Germany and Texas USA.
In his latter years of secondary school, Ron began receiving fiddle and violin lessons from James Alexander MBE, where he started to gain even more experience in live performance. Ron found himself in higher demand for performances and events and subsequently formed a ceilidh band, Cruachan, with his brother Raemond and fellow fiddlers Jack Smedley & Barbara Anderson.
When he moved to Glasgow to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Ron then came to appreciate a variety of styles & genres of fiddle playing and broadened his musical horizons under the tuition of Alistair McCulloch. Before long, he found himself in high demand as a musician all over the central belt and performed for a number of high profile individuals including; Sir Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Karen Gillan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Pippa Middleton, Ewan McGregor and Prince Charles, to name a few.
After graduating in 2011, Ron was 1 of only 8 finalists to be invited to the prestigious Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in Blair Castle, and when invited back in 2012, he received 3rd place. Blair Castle has strong links and history with Scottish fiddle music, with world renowned fiddler Neil Gow being from near by Dunkled, and his fiddle still lives in the glass cabinet in the main auditorium. Ron was also invited to perform in the Highlands & Islands Fiddle Masters in Oban in March 2012.
Through playing the fiddle, Ron has travelled extensively throughout the world with performances in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Thailand, Indonesia and Dubai.