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'Madeleine Mitchell is not only a violinist of great virtuosity but of a very special poetic character…an independent pioneering figure, Madeleine brought her visionary imagination to the founding of her Red Violin festival and succeeded in creating a unique series...a tremendous inspiration.' 
Helen Wallace, Editor BBC Music Magazine & Times critic in her nomination of Madeleine Mitchell for a Creative Briton Award 
'Madeleine Mitchell is one of these extraordinary, indispensable creatures who do so much to keep the culture of 'classical' music alive and kicking'  
Ivan Hewett (critic Daily Telegraph) 
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'Madeleine Mitchell is an uncommonly intelligent and accomplished musician...her own highly effective arrangement of Gershwin's An American in Paris' (Recital)
The Times 
'One of Britain's liveliest musical forces, the indefatigably adventurous violinist Madeleine Mitchell..a striking Nigel Osborne solo violin piece..which she did superbly' 
Richard Morrison, The Times 
‘A world class violinist’ 
Hessische Allgemeine (Brahms Violin Concerto Germany)
'Madeleine Mitchell is one of the UK's foremost violinists' 
The Times 
'Madeleine Mitchell is a violinist in a million..a staggering display of virtuosity and unparalleled musicianship..her amazing, big-toned, sweetly lyrical and vibrantly intense playing is unmistakable..virile Elgar, exuberant Mozart, breathtakingly rumbustuous Dvorak..spellbinding performance of MacMillan, written for her, Mitchell's gleaming tone was heartwrenching..a barnstorming display of elan and technical mastery..a tour de force of a recital'  
5 stars Michael Tumelty, Chief Music Critic, The Herald (Glasgow) 
‘Recitals don’t get any better than this. Madeleine Mitchell’s musical appetite taking her from the splendours of the Baroque era through to the many works that have been specially composed for her. 
An uncommonly affectionate account of Prokofiev’s Cinq Melodies was a stepping stone to Janacek’s troubled Sonata…Mitchell captured these often abrupt mood changes to perfection.” 
David Denton, Yorkshire Post
'The consummate violinist Madeleine Mitchell' 
BBC Radio 3 In Tune (Ravel & Franck violin sonatas)
"This highly imaginative artist...charismatic playing and musical personality"
Rian Evans, Musical Opinion
'Long regarded as one of Britain's leading violinists'
Classical Music Magazine (cover feature)
'She's riveting' 
Norman Lebrecht 
"When the highly personable Madeleine Mitchell launched into pieces written for her she had her audience tamed...(Brahms was) musically involving enough to prompt two encores." (Wigmore Hall recital)
Rob Cowan, The Independent
‘With the help of (Norbert Brainin’s) friends…this was the new generation such as violinist Madeleine Mitchell and cellist Robert Cohen to whom the torch is passed’ 
Hilary Finch, The Times - Norbert Brainin 80th birthday concert, Wigmore Hall Schubert Quintet
Proms Chamber Music ‘The final concert secured a larger audience than usual…Echoing Messiaen’s use of instruments that happened to be available for his quartet, the arrangement of Bach’s unfinished Contrapunctus (done by Madeleine Mitchell and Joanna MacGregor) introduces some unconventional sonorities and here ran without a break into the Messiaen…The solo movements for cello and violin were rapt in their concentration, and the cumulative sense of apocalyptic introspection was palpable’ 
Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph 
‘David Matthews premiere for violin and orchestra called Romanza addressed an issue I’d never given much thought to before – which is that no one writes concert music in triple time. Rising to the challenge, Matthews’ Romanza has a central waltz that sounds like a ghost from the past, albeit with a touch of Walton-esque mischief in the presentation. Deftly written, it was eloquently played by Madeleine Mitchell, who persuaded me that this was music worth hearing again.” 
Michael White, Telegraph Blog – William Alwyn Festival, Blythburgh
'A breathtaking performance from these world class players (Dvorak with Imogen Cooper, Nathalie Klein etc)...Mitchell followed it by a dazzling reading'  
Leicester Mercury, Leicester International Festival
'Eclectic virtuoso of the violin, Madeleine Mitchell directs Vivaldi with her group the London Chamber Ensemble, plays Elgar for us live..and has inspired living composers to a staggering degree'  
BBC Radio 3 In Tune
‘Commitment, sweep and an uncommon sensitivity’ 
Sydney Morning Herald (Recital Sydney Opera House)
'The dynamically talented Madeleine Mitchell'  
Barry Millington, Evening Standard 
(Wigmore Concert)
‘The festival excels in intimate recitals and one of the most enjoyable was Madeleine Mitchell and Andrew Ball’s fastidious and original programme’ 
Paul Driver, Sunday Times
‘Played with passion’ 
Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph 
Recital Wigmore Hall, Delius Violin Sonata
'A fascinating programme, the focus being three works in which the talents ofMadeleine Mitchell were pitted against the might of the choir. Mitchell herself was the instigator of the project and..it is typical of this highly imaginative artist to have conceived so fertile a collaboration. Her charismatic playing and musical personality were surely pivotal in inspiring the three composers, Roxanna Panufnik, Jonathan Harvey and
Thierry Pecou.' 
Rian Evans, Musical Opinion 
'We were all utterly thrilled with your concert..several Vivaldi Seasons fanatics in the audience said yours was the best live performance they'd ever heard.' 
Director of Mercia Arts on London Chamber Ensemble concert directed by Madeleine Mitchell - Heather Festival 
'Madeleine Mitchell gave a performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto that seemed powered by an almost daemonic intensity – totally bewitching. She has a full rich tone that sang strongly through the large church acoustic. 

Once in a while, the orchestral tutti is called upon to present the big tune loud and clear, and they rose splendidly to the occasion; otherwise their accompaniment to Mitchell’s controlled but vibrant lyricism was discrete and veiled enough to allow her all the room she needed. A great performance of this romantic warhorse.' 
Bachtrack - Edinburgh Festival
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