Introducing Anthony Marwood, touring soon for Musica Viva
British violinist Anthony Marwood is internationally renowned as a charismatic and versatile soloist, director and creative collaborator, having won worldwide critical acclaim for his formidable technique and exceptional artistry.
Recent season highlights include Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale at the Cheltenham International Music Festival, the Austrian premiere of Steven Mackey’s violin concerto Beautiful Passing with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the London premiere of Mackey’s Four Iconoclastic Episodes with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He has given performances of the Brahms Double Concerto (Aurora Orchestra), the Britten Double Concerto (Lawrence Power and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales) and Mozart’s Violin Concerto no 2 (Vancouver Symphony), as well as the London premiere of Hugh Wood’s Violin Concerto no 2 with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and will make his debut tour with Amsterdam Sinfonietta as soloist/director.
He also appeared in concert with the São Paulo Symphony, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, Norrlands Orchestra (Sweden), Boston Symphony Orchestra, St Louis Symphony, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements with Aleksandar Madžar have included recitals for the Snape Proms in Aldeburgh, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and at Wigmore Hall: three concerts of music by Brahms, Schubert and Schumann, recorded for release on the award-winning Wigmore Hall Live label.
Violin concertos have been written for Anthony Marwood by Sally Beamish, Ross Harris and Thomas Adès, whose Concentric Paths he premiered in Berlin and at the BBC Proms; he has since performed the work around the globe, most recently with the Sydney Symphony and David Robertson, and recorded it for EMI (a Gramophone Magazine ‘Recording of the Month’ in 2010).
Anthony Marwood regularly directs from the violin, working with ensembles such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Australian, Scottish and Irish Chamber Orchestras and Les Violons du Roy.
Another facet of his career is genre-bending presentations, such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ fully-staged production of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, in which Anthony Marwood acted the role of the Soldier as well as playing the violin. He also enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with award-winning Indian classical dancer Mayuri Boonham.
This has been a busy recording year for Anthony Marwood. His most recent CD features Schumann’s late works for violin and orchestra, released in September 2012 on Hyperion, with Douglas Boyd and the BBC Scottish Symphony. Earlier in the year his recording of the Britten Violin Concerto received widespread critical acclaim. His first duo recording of the violin sonatas by Brahms, for the Wigmore Live label, has been hailed a new ‘benchmark recording’ by BBC Music Magazine; a second disc, of sonatas by Schumann, will be released in the coming months. In total Anthony Marwood has recorded more than 30 CDs for Hyperion Records, including much of the core trio repertoire with the Florestan Trio, Stravinsky’s complete music for violin and piano with Thomas Adès, and the violin concertos of Pēteris Vasks and Kurt Weill.
The Royal Philharmonic Society named Anthony Marwood ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2006. He is the co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival and teaches annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont.
Anthony Marwood plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly bought by a syndicate of purchasers.