Madeleine Mitchell


Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as ‘ one of Britain’s liveliest musical forces (and ) foremost violinists’ . Her performances in over 50 countries as a soloist in a wide repertoire are frequently broadcast for television and radio including the BBC Proms, ABC (Australia), Bayerisher Rundfunk, S4C and Italian TV when she won the Palmo d’Oro, praised both for her vibrant lyrical intensity and her pioneering creativity. She has a particularly exciting season in 2015 with Elgar Violin Concerto in Russia conducted by Ainars Rubikis, recitals in London’s prestigious Wigmore and Barbican halls, Schoenberg Center Vienna, Singapore, Moscow, her first visit to China – judging the International Western Strings Competition, a return to Dartington International Summer School giving master classes and concerts, and a major 3 week tour of the US in the Fall.

Numerous well known composers have written works for Madeleine Mitchell and next year she premieres a violin concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. Other orchestras with whom she has performed concerti include the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil and BBC Ulster. For the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee she returned to the Bath International Festival as soloist in the ‘Great Brits’ programme in Vaughan Williams ‘The Lark Ascending’, which she also performed as Canberra International Music Festival Artist-in-Residence in 2013. Her performance of Bruch Violin Concerto during the Edinburgh Festival was reviewed as ‘ totally bewitching. She has a full rich tone which sang strongly.’ She is also renowned for her creative collaborations, devising a unique ‘concerto’ for violin and choir, with new works by Jonathan Harvey, Thierry Pecou and Roxanna Panufnik, and ‘FiddleSticks’ with percussion – both supported by Arts Council England.

Mitchell’s acclaimed discography for which she has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards, includes ‘In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell’ by MacMillan, Nyman and other well known UK composers: “the magnificent Mitchell…dedicated penetrating musicianship” (5 stars BBC Music Magazine); ‘FiddleSticks’ – Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra and new companion pieces (which she performed in Symphony Hall International Series); ‘Violin Songs’ – Classic FM’s CD of the week, ‘British Treasures’ – early 20 th century romantic violin sonatas, two albums for Naxos of music by Alwyn and Howard Blake (composer of The Snowman), Hummel violin sonatas, Bridge chamber music and the widely recommended Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time with Joanna MacGregor. Her Linn recording of MacMillan Motet with solo violin was BBC Music’s CD of the Month, 2014.

Madeleine Mitchell is well known for her recitals and for her imaginative programming, described by The Herald as ‘a violinist in a million’ after a recital in Glasgow. She represented Britain with recitals in the festival UKinNY at Lincoln Center, for the centenary of Entente Cordiale and Kuwait ‘Great British Week’ 2014. Mitchell 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 festivals and frequently in London. Madeleine Mitchell won the GBSF award for her recitals with pianist Noriko Ogawa and she has collaborated with many outstanding artists. She regularly tours the US and in 2013/14 her recitals included Paris, Rome (broadcast by Radio CEMAT) and St Petersburg by return invitation.

A highly creative personality, she devised the Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin’s patronage, the first international eclectic celebration of the fiddle across the arts, held throughout Cardiff for which she was shortlisted for European Women of Achievement and Creative Briton Awards. She is also Director of the London Chamber Ensemble, a long-standing flexible group including the UK’s outstanding chamber musicians.

Madeleine Mitchell won the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she is a Professor, frequently chairing string recital exams. Her ground-breaking work with the RCM’s Centre for Performance Science was recently featured in The Observer News. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow she was awarded a master’s degree in New York studying with DeLay, Weilerstein and Rosenberg at the Eastman and Juilliard schools and a fellowship to the Aspen Festival. A highly regarded teacher, she gives master classes worldwide and is on the faculty of the Orfeo International Music Festival in the Italian Alps and the international LMFL courses. Madeleine plays on an 1839 Rocca violin made in Turin. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.