“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. A champion of 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 and Guest Artistic Leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
British violinist Anthony Marwood is known worldwide as an artist of exceptional expressive force, with an effortless technique and beautiful tone. His energetic and collaborative nature places him in great demand as soloist/director with chamber orchestras worldwide. He is Principal Artistic Partner of the celebrated Canadian chamber orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, a post he took up in 2015. In the 16/17 season, he is Guest Artistic Leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. His eminence as a soloist has brought him to work with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin, Bernard Labadie and Douglas Boyd.
In recent years, engagements have included the Boston Symphony, Iceland Symphony and Vienna Radio Symphony orchestras, as well as the New Zealand, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras. Marwood has recently toured with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and maintains a fruitful relationship with the Australian National Academy of Music, where he regularly directs performances from the violin. In the 15/16 season, Marwood gave successful play/direct performances with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and St Louis Symphony, and made his debut with the New World Symphony in Miami under conductor Stefan Asbury.
Marwood is a renowned champion of contemporary music, regularly premiering and recording new works for violin. Among those composed for Marwood is Thomas Adès’ “Concentric Paths”, which Marwood performs in the current season with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andrew Manze. Marwood first performed the work in Berlin and at the BBC Proms with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by the composer, following these performances with many national premieres around the globe and a release on EMI in 2010. Also composed for Marwood were Steven Mackey’s “Four Iconoclastic Episodes”, premiered in 2009 with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and Sally Beamish’s 1995 violin concerto, premiered by Marwood with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins. The most recent work written for Marwood is Samuel Adams’ Violin Concerto, premiered in 2014 by the Berkeley Symphony in California under Joana Carneiro to critical acclaim.
Other highlights of the current season include performances of Kurt Weill’s concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia and Jaime Martin, and a collaboration with the English Chamber Orchestra and Lawrence Power. In a play/direct capacity, Marwood appears with the Aurora Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall and returns to the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Marwood appeared last season at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and Bridgehampton Festival in New York. His recital partners include accordionist James Crabb, with whom he appeared at Wigmore Hall in 2015, and pianist Aleksandar Madžar, with whom he tours the US in the current season.
Anthony Marwood’s most recent CD features Schumann’s violin sonatas, recorded with Aleksandar Madžar and released on the award-winning Wigmore Live label. The disc, which was described by International Record Review as “exemplary in every way”, followed on from the duo’s acclaimed recording of the Brahms violin sonatas on the same label. Marwood has recorded more than 30 discs for Hyperion, spanning from the core trio repertoire with the Florestan Trio to Stravinsky’s complete music for violin and piano with Thomas Adès and the violin concertos by Kurt Weill and Peteris Vasks with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Recent releases on the label include Schumann’s late works for violin and orchestra, and of the Britten Violin and Double Concertos, both with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. His next recording, of the Walton Violin Concerto, is released in current season.
Another facet of Marwood’s 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 Marwood acted the role of the Soldier and played the violin part. He also enjoyed a successful collaboration with award-winning Indian classical dancer Mayuri Boonham.
Born in London, Anthony Marwood studied with Emanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music, David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music, and took lessons from Sándor Végh and Daniel Phillips at IMS Prussia Cove. He was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2006 and was the violinist of the Florestan Trio for sixteen years. He is co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex and performs annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont. Marwood was appointed a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in 2013. He plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly bought by a syndicate of purchasers.
“Is there nothing Anthony Marwood cannot do? He plays the violin, acts, dances, and can do all at once. He directs the Irish Chamber Orchestra, plays with the Florestan Piano Trio, commissions composers, jointly runs his own festival and has a network of worldwide collaborators. To cap it all, this consummate artist is blessed with boundless energy, intellectual curiosity and creative wizardry” BBC Music Magazine
“Few musicians serve their metaphorical master as convincingly as British violinist Anthony Marwood. His every endeavour seems to stem from a debt to art, a debt to music. There is nothing that gets in the way of the ultimate goal – the realisation of perfection and honesty in his craft” Sunday Tribune, Ireland
Britten concerto with London Philharmonic, conducted by Marin Alsop, 2007
“Marwood didn’t spare the angst. His playing was tough and sinewy, his tackling of the tricky passages in harmonics by no means facile. In the devilish double-stoppings and glissandi of the scherzo, he and Alsop raised the spirit of Shostakovich” The Times