Red Violin

'A fascinating festival...eclecticism rules'
The Times

'I am happy to support this exciting and innovative violin festival and wish it all success'
Honorary President Ida Haendel

Artistic Director

Artistic Director

Madeleine Mitchell

'Madeleine Mitchell is not only a violinist of great virtuosity but also of a very special poetic independent pioneering figure, she brought her visionary imagination to the founding of her Red Violin festival. She succeeded in creating a unique series..a tremendous inspiration'.
Helen Wallace, Editor BBC Music Magazine & Music critic, The Times in her nomination of Madeleine for a Creative Briton Award after Red Violin I

Madeleine Mitchell was recently described by the Chief Music Critic of The Times as 'one of Britain's liveliest musical forces' and by the Herald as 'a violinist in a million.. staggering virtuosity and unparalleled musicianship' after a recital in Glasgow. She has performed in over 40 countries as a soloist in a wide repertoire in major venues and frequently broadcasts for television and radio including the BBC Proms. A highly creative personality, she was short-listed for Woman of the Year 2006 and the European Women of Achievement Awards.

Her latest CD 'Violin Songs' - popular short pieces for violin and piano with Andrew Ball and Elizabeth Watts soprano, winner of Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize 2007, will be launched at the Red Violin.

Mitchell has recently made many widely acclaimed recordings: Hummel violin sonatas and Frank Bridge chamber music for Meridian and 2 recordings with pianist Andrew Ball: 'British Treasures': (early 20th century romantic violin sonatas by Goossens, Hurlstone and Turnbull for SOMM): 'Excellent recordings' Gramophone, and 'In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell' (NMC) - attractive works written for her by many of Britain's best known composers including MacMillan and Nyman which has received rave reviews: 'The magnificent Mitchell...dedicated, penetrating musicianship' BBC Music Magazine * * * * *

'A delectable collection of gems in wonderfully empathetic performances' International Record Review

'A fascinating disc..Mitchell is superb. The considerable technical hurdles are played with such ease they simply evaporate. Above all she conveys her commitment and affection for each piece.' The Strad

Her seminal recording with Joanna MacGregor of Messiaen's Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps is due for re-release and the violin solo movement has been reissued on 'Quiet Music' (SoundCircus). Her recording of Alwyn chamber music for Naxos is released July 2007.

Madeleine Mitchell has performed concertos with major orchestras including the Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras; Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra de Bahia, Brazil, Malaga Symphony of Spain and for the BBC. She directs concertos from the violin such as Bach and Vivaldi Seasons and commissioned a unique 'concerto' by Harvey, Pecou and Panufnik for violin and voices, premiered at Bath and Spitalfields festivals. She recently performed Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra in Symphony Hall Birmingham International Series as part of her collaboration with Ensemble Bash - FiddleSticks, supported by ACE and records this and other works this year for release at the Red Violin festival.

Madeleine Mitchell is well known for her recitals in a wide repertoire, frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and television - often in Wales - and for her imaginative programming. She represented Britain in both the festival UKinNY with a recital at Lincoln Center and for the centenary of Entente Cordiale with France. She has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts and Hong Kong - part of a 3 month world tour supported by the British Council, played at many international and most of the major British festivals and frequently performs in London. She was chosen by the legendary leader of the Amadeus Quartet, Norbert Brainin to play with him for his 80th birthday concert at Wigmore Hall. This year she will feature Elgar violin works in recitals in festivals in Cambridge, the Lake District, Hampstead & Highgate, St David's Hall Cardiff, St George's Bristol and the Malta International String Festival and the violin concerto in Dundee.

Madeleine Mitchell was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she has been a Professor since 1994. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow she gained a master's degree in New York studying with DeLay, Weilerstein and Rosenberg at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She gives master classes worldwide, is Director of the London Chamber Ensemble and is on the faculty of the Schlern International Festival, Italy in July.

'A world class violinist' Hessische Allgemeine (Brahms Violin concerto)


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