“If there were rock-star equivalents in the classical music world, ace British violinist Anthony Marwood would be on the list"
The Age, Australia
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Anthony Marwood is an artist of great sensitivity and vitality, placing him in high demand all over the world as an orchestra director, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Equally comfortable in mainstream repertoire and contemporary music, he has premiered and recorded many new works for violin, including those written for him by Thomas Adès, Sally Beamish, Steven Mackey and Samuel Adams. He is currently Principal Artistic Partner of Les Violons du Roy in Canada.
Anthony Marwood enjoys a wide-ranging international career as soloist, director and chamber musician. Recent solo engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New World Symphony and Sydney Symphony.
Current invitations include the London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall (Adès Concerto), Schumann with the Adelaide Symphony, his concerto debut in Budapest (Beethoven violin concerto and triple concerto) at the Liszt Academy, conducted by András Keller, his debut with the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid, and a multi-concert residency at the Adelaide Festival. He will also return to Les Violons du Roy in Canada, where is Principal Artistic Partner, and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta (Mendelssohn double concerto with pianist Alexander Melnikov).
He has worked with conductors Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin, and Douglas Boyd. The 2019/2020 season includes recitals with pianist Aleksandar Madzar in Serbia and London, and with accordionist James Crabb in Australia and New Zealand. Anthony will appear at festivals in the USA (Yellow Barn, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest) and Brazil (Illumina Festival São Paulo).
Many leading composers have written concertos for him, including Thomas Adès, Steven Mackey, Sally Beamish and Samuel Carl Adams. Anthony is a prolific recording artist, and his most recent release – his 50th on the Hyperion label – is a recording of Walton’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. The disc received wide critical acclaim, including a 5-star review in The Guardian and a ‘Recommended Recording’ in The Strad Magazine, whilst the Sunday Times described him as “a thrilling, virtuosic soloist”.
Anthony studied with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno in London. He has collaborated with numerous actors, Indian classical dancer Mayuri Boonham, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, sculptress Nicole Farhi and South African guitarist Derek Gripper. He was the violinist of the Florestan Trio for sixteen years and won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist award in 2006.
Anthony is co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. He performs annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont and enjoys a close association with the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He was appointed an MBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and was made a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in 2013. He plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly bought by a syndicate of purchasers, and a 2018 violin made by Christian Bayon.
Thomas Adès’ “Concentric Paths” (Andrew Manze and the London Philharmonic Orchestra – Royal Festival Hall)
Marwood and Manze captured both the rigour of the structure and the slipperiness of its articulation. At the close, the admiration of the LPO players was warmly evident, while Manze – a fine fiddler himself – shook his head and smiled, seemingly in disbelief at Marwood’s relaxed dexterity.