Photo: Sussie Ahlburg
Photo: Sussie Ahlburg

The 2006 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, Anthony Marwood is recognized throughout the world for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and very complete musicianship. His great versatility as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and ensemble leader has won him enthusiastic plaudits from audiences, critics and collaborators alike. Highlights during the 2010/11 season include his debuts with the Boston Symphony, the St Louis Symphony, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. He will also return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bournemouth Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Thomas Adès, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Marin Alsop and Douglas Boyd.

Anthony also enjoys a flourishing career as a director. He has been the Artistic Director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 2006 and is a regular collaborator with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Last autumn he completed a 12-concert tour as soloist/director with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and in 2011 he will be guest directing Les Violons du Roy in Canada, the Scottish Ensemble and at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.

He has premiered, performed and recorded major new repertoire for the violin, including concertos by Sally Beamish, Steven Mackey, Peteris Vasks and Ross Harris. Thomas Adès’ violin concerto Concentric Paths, which Anthony premiered in September 2005 in Berlin and at the BBC Proms is the result of a fruitful musical partnership with the composer. He has since performed the work on numerous occasions giving the US premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the French premiere in Paris with the CBSO, and the Russian premiere in St Petersburg conducted by Valery Gergiev. His recording of the work on EMI, with the composer conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, received exceptional reviews and was picked as Gramophone Magazine’s Recording of the Month.

Anthony has made more than thirty recordings, many of them for the Hyperion label. In 2011 he will add two further concerto recordings to this list. He is the violinist of the celebrated Florestan Trio and with them has made numerous benchmark recordings of the mainstream trio repertoire. The trio’s final season will conclude with a celebratory Beethoven cycle at the Wigmore Hall in January 2012. Anthony regularly performs chamber music with the pianist Aleksander Madzar, amongst others, and each summer attends the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont.