Madeleine Mitchell


Madeleine Mitchell talks about her new album ‘Violin Muse’ on YouTube here.

“Few British violinists have been as active in recent years as Madeleine Mitchell in promoting and the commissioning of new music” – Gramophone

Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as ‘one of Britain’s liveliest musical forces [and] foremost violinists’, known for her pioneering creativity. Her performances in some 50 countries as soloist and chamber musician in a wide repertoire are frequently broadcast for television and radio, including the BBC Proms, ABC (Australia), Bayerischer Rundfunk, S4C and RAI (Italy) when she won the Palma d’Oro.

Madeleine Mitchell has performed violin concertos with orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Württemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia (Brazil) and for the BBC. She has performed such works as Elgar’s Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending in Russia, Eastern Europe, as well as the Canberra International Music Festival as Artist-in-Residence, and Bath International Festival, in addition to contemporary works including the violin concertos written for her by Piers Hellawell with the Ulster Orchestra and City of London Chamber Orchestra, and commissions for violin and percussion, a major project with Ensemble Bash, which she performed in the Symphony Hall Birmingham International Series. Her performance of Bruch’s First Violin Concerto at the Edinburgh Festival was highly praised. She devised a unique ‘concerto’ for violin and choir, with new works by Jonathan Harvey, Thierry Pécou and Roxanna Panufnik, supported by Arts Council England in several major festivals.

Madeleine Mitchell is well known for her recitals and her imaginative programming, described by The Herald as ‘a violinist in a million’ after a recital in Glasgow. She has represented the UK in recitals at Lincoln Center, for the festival UkinNY, and for the Queen’s Jubilee in Rome, in her ‘Century of British Music’ hosted by the British Ambassador. Mitchell has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts and Hong Kong – part of a three-month world tour supported by the British Council, in Singapore, at the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and Barbican Hall in London, Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna, Moscow, for BBC Radio 3, and she frequently tours the USA.

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, FiddleSticks (Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra and new companion pieces, the popular Violin Songs (Classic FM’s featured CD), British Treasures (early 20th-century romantic violin sonatas), albums for Naxos of music by Alwyn and by Howard Blake (the latter with the composer as pianist), Hummel violin sonatas, Bridge chamber music and the widely recommended Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time with Joanna MacGregor. Madeleine’s Linn recording of James MacMillan’s motet Domine non secundum peccata nostra with solo violin and choir was BBC Music Magazine’s CD of the Month.

A highly creative personality, Madeleine Mitchell 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 Britain Awards. She is also Director of the London Chamber Ensemble.

Madeleine Mitchell won the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she is a Professor. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow she was awarded a Master’s degree in New York studying with Dorothy DeLay, Donald Weilerstein and Sylvia Rosenberg at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She gives masterclasses worldwide and is on the faculty of several international summer festivals. Madeleine plays on an 1839 Rocca violin made in Turin. She was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000.