"Alex McQuiston is the youngest and the most imaginative classical music promoter I know. He turns any space, small or big, into world class concert venues. Working with Alex is a delight. Every musician and every person in the audience love getting into the magical world of classical music that Alex creates for us."
Noriko Ogawa, Pianist & Chair of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
"A new award for Fundraising Excellence is introduced this year (Arts & Business annual awards), designed to recognise the work of individuals or a team that has made a particularly significant contribution to the coffers of their organisation. The first shortlist includes Ella Rothnie and Stella Lichfield of the development department at the National Theatre of Scotland, Bruce Minto of the National Museums of Scotland, Dr Jim McKellican of the Friends of the Caird Hall Organ in Dundee, Alex McQuiston of Dumfries and Galloway's Absolute Classics and the six-strong board of directors of new Dunfermline arts centre, Fire Station Creative."
Keith Bruce, The Herald
Arts & Business Scotland
"Alex McQuiston has a unique charm that allows him to liaise between clients most effectively. His creative mind allows him to think of solutions for business in an inventive manner. Not only is his approach practical and visionary, his mind set is relevant to current trends in the industry. I have worked closely with Alex as an artist and as a colleague in recent years and I am always amazed at what he can achieve. This is evidenced in the highly successful arts festival that is “Absolute Classics”. It takes a cutting edge and contemporary approach to get world-renowned artists to these remote parts of Scotland. The success of this organisation can be evidenced consistently in the funding it receives and the broad range of support the organisation has within its patrons programme.”
Rhys Matthews, Freelance Percussionist, Graded Music & Diploma Examiner/ International Examiner, External Assessor/ External Moderator/ Centre Moderator (RSL Awards)
"I have known Alex McQuiston for a number of years now - he is always a joy to work with and gives a refreshing perspective on some of the challenges of working in the arts. We recently engaged him to talk to our Youth Promoters on how to set up a business and generating income. They found his approach inspiring and motivated them to think in different ways about what they do."
Jo McLean, CEO
The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands)
"Working with Alex (McQuiston) is always an absolute joy and pleasure. He has offered me invaluable advice during my development as a professional musician drawing upon his years of experience. I can't recommend him highly enough!"
Huw Wiggin, Saxophonist & Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music