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Madeleine Mitchell

Solo Classical Violinist 

Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as ‘one of Britain's liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists'. Her performances in some 50 countries as soloist and chamber musician in a wide repertoire are frequently broadcast for television and radio including the BBC Proms, ABC (Australia), Bayerisher Rundfunk, S4C and Italian TV when she won the Palmo d’Oro, praised both for her vibrant lyrical intensity and pioneering creativity. 

She has represented the UK in recitals, at the festival UKinNY at the Lincoln Center and for the Queen’s Jubliee in Rome - her ‘Century of British Music’ hosted by the British Ambassador. Recent engagements include Elgar Violin Concerto in Russia, recitals in Singapore, Wigmore and Barbican Halls London, BBC Radio 3, Schoenberg Center Vienna, Moscow, Dartington International Summer Festival, judging the Western International Strings Competition in China and a major tour of the USA. 

In January 2017, BBC Radio 3 broadcast her live recording with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales of the Violin Concerto written for her by Guto Puw from the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. This will be included on her forthcoming album of works written for her by established British composers including ‘Atlantic Drift’ violin duos by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music; the digital single of David Matthews’ Romanza was recently released by Divine-Art as a prelude to this album: http://www.divineartrecords.com/CD/29005info.htm
Madeleine Mitchell has performed violin concertos with orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber,the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil and for the BBC. For the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee she returned to the Bath International Festival as soloist in the ‘Great Brits’ programme in Vaughan Williams ‘The Lark Ascending’, which she also performed as Canberra International Music Festival Artist-in-Residence and with Orchestra of the Swan in the Spring Sounds Festival. Her performance of Bruch Violin Concerto during the Edinburgh Festival was reviewed as ‘totally bewitching. She has a full rich tone which sang strongly.’ She devised a unique ‘concerto’ for violin and choir, with new works by Jonathan Harvey, Thierry Pecou and Roxanna Panufnik, supported by Arts Council England in several festivals. 

Mitchell’s acclaimed discography for which she has been nominated for a Grammy and BBC Music Awards, includes ‘In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell’ by MacMillan, Nyman and other well known UK composers, ‘FiddleSticks’ - Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra and new companion pieces (which she performed in Symphony Hall International Series); the popular ‘Violin Songs’ - Classic FM’s featured CD, ‘British Treasures’ - early 20th century romantic violin sonatas, two albums for Naxos of music by Alwyn and Howard Blake (with the composer as pianist), Hummel violin sonatas, Bridge chamber music and the widely recommended Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time with Joanna MacGregor. Madeleine’s Linn recording of MacMillan Motet with solo violin and choir was BBC Music’s CD of the Month.  

Madeleine Mitchell is well-known for her recitals with her imaginative programming and eloquent introductions, described by The Herald as ‘a violinist in a million’ after a recital in Glasgow. She represented Britain with recitals in the festival UKinNY at Lincoln Center, for the centenary of Entente Cordiale and Kuwait ‘Great British Week’ alongside Sir John Major. Mitchell has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts and Hong Kong - part of a 3 month world tour supported by the British Council, played at many international festivals and frequently in London.
Madeleine Mitchell won the GBSF award for her recitals with Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa and she has collaborated with many outstanding artists including Norbert Brainin (Amadeus Quartet) for his 80th birthday. She regularly tours the US and other recent recitals have included Paris, Rome (broadcast by Radio CEMAT) and St Petersburg by return invitation. 

A highly creative personality, Madeleine Mitchell devised the Red Violin Festival under Lord Menuhin's patronage, the first international, eclectic celebration of the fiddle across the arts, held throughout Cardiff for which she was shortlisted for European Women of Achievement and Creative Briton Awards www.redviolin.co.uk. She is also Director of the London Chamber Ensemble. At the start of her career Madeleine was the violinist/violist in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s seminal group, The Fires of London.  

Madeleine Mitchell won the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she is a Professor. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow she was awarded a master's degree in New York studying with DeLay, Weilerstein and Rosenberg at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She gives master classes worldwide and is on the faculty of the Orfeo International Music Festival in the Italian Alps and the international LMFL courses. Madeleine plays on an 1839 Rocca violin made in Turin. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000.

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