Caroline Balding

Caroline Balding has been described as a violinist of ‘poetic intensity’ (Music and Musicians), ‘rapt beauty’ and ‘virtuosic distinction’ (Gramophone) and ‘a formidable soloist combining beauty of sound with infallible articulation’ (La Nacion, Buenos Aires). As the violinist with the chamber ensembles Lontano and Gemini amongst others, she has given recitals throughout the world at such venues as La Fenice in Venice, the Wigmore Hall, London, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and gave the Taiwanese premiere of Quartet for the End of Time. She has made two solo Proms appearances with Lontano.

As a ‘period’ violinist she has appeared as guest leader with The English Concert, Florilegium, The Army of Generals and the Hanover Band, in addition to being principal violin of The Band of Instruments and the Martlet Ensemble both based in her home town of Oxford. Often to be heard on BBC Radio 3 and numerous other European radio stations, she also participated in the series ‘Women in Music’ for Channel 4 television, and in a series about Beethoven for the BBC (dressed as a man).

She has had the privilege of taking part in a great many premiere performances and of working with the foremost composers of our day (Judith Weir, Peter Maxwell Davies, George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy, Brian Ferneyhough, Nicola Lefanu to name but a few). She makes it known that for her it has been a particular pleasure to play and record these gems of Robert Keeley.

Her extensive discography ranges from 17th century Italian violin sonatas (with Roger Hamilton) to numerous works by contemporary composers, including such things as an alternative Four Seasons by Antonio Guido (Divine Art), solo violin music by Roberto Gerhard (Métier), Kuhlau quintets (ASV), and the first recordings of early 20th century piano trios for the British Music Society. With associations at King’s College, London and the universities of Oxford, Southampton and Surrey, she enjoys frequent workshops and classes. Other projects with students have taken place all over Great Britain (Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Colchester, Durham, Manchester, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, London), and abroad in Italy, Taiwan, Argentina, Macedonia and MIT, Boston, USA.