Madeleine Mitchell
"One of Britain's liveliest musical forces, the indefatigably adventurous violinist Madeleine Mitchell"
Richard Morrison, The Times
Madeleine Mitchell
"A violinist in a million..staggering virtuosity and unparalleled musicianship..Mitchell's amazing big-toned, sweetly lyrical, vibrantly intense playing is unmistakable...virile Elgar, exuberant Mozart, breathtakingly rumbustuous Dvorak, spell-binding MacMillan written for her..a tour de force of a recital."
Michael Tumelty, Chief Music Critic The Herald, Glasgow

Madeleine Mitchell Discography & Diary


New Release (digital single): David Matthews Romanza, written for and premiered by Madeleine Mitchell, with Nigel Clayton, piano

Crowdfunder for new album (including Matthews) of 7 world premiere recordings of lyrical works mostly written for Madeleine Mitchell by established British composers. Be a named supporter! Please visit:

Madeleine Mitchell's acclaimed recording of Messiaen Quatuor pour La Fin du Temps and Krauze with Joanna MacGregor, has been re-issued on Warner/SoundCircus.

"An all star team which manages to outdo all its rivals... Mitchell leads the work to its sumptuous, ethereal apothosis with a winning blend of poise and fervour. The competition sounds almost dull in comparison"

Alpha & Omega Linn CD - MacMillan, Cappella Nova with Madeleine Mitchell
BBC Music Choral CD of the Month

'"stunning violin solo"'
Lebrecht Album of the Week
Violin Songs

Violin Songs dda25063 with Andrew Ball piano - popular melodies by Schubert, Elgar, Massenet, Ravel, Bridge, Copland, Berg and Boulanger (also featuring Elizabeth Watts soprano in Strauss 'Morgen') - Classic FM CD of the week. Purchase direct from

'A particularly successful album...Madeleine Mitchell's playing is most appealing. Her tone is sweet and bright..unfailingly sensitive to the nuances and character of each piece.'
'A beguiling programme (and) an enjoyable disc.'
BBC Music Magazine
'A CD full of small joys, wonderfully played.'
The Strad

Alwyn Chamber Music & Songs Madeleine Mitchell & Friends, Naxos 8.570340

'winningly lyrical'
Financial Times
Classic FM Magazine

FiddleSticks with ensemblebash SIGCD111

'My favourite contemporary music CD of 2007..Brilliant stuff'
* * * * * BBC Music Magazine
Latest CD
Cover Painting: Gerald Marks 'The Madeleine Series' no.7

'In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell' NMC D098 with Andrew Ball, piano. Nyman, MacMillan, Elias, Osborne, Montague, Woolrich, Powers, Jones

"The magnificent Mitchell...dedicated penetrating musicianship"
5 star BBC Music Magazine
"A most rewarding survey of new music..Mitchell turns in a wonderfully accomplished, irreproachably sensitive set of performances"

Hummel violin sonatas Meridian CDE 84439

"Stylish playing"
BBC Music Magazine
"Appealing, lively performances"
Edward Greenfield, Gramophone

'British Treasures' - violin sonatas by Goossens, Hurlstone, Turnbull with Andrew Ball, piano - Somm CD 031

"Three fine English sonatas..excellent recordings..both artists play con amore with plenty of spirit and attack..most enjoyable"

Howard Blake violin works with the composer, piano - Naxos 8.572083

'Beautifully written and performed by an all star team'
Classic FM Magazine
'Madeleine Mitchell is a marvellously communicative and virtuosic performer and plays with great sympathy'
Music-Web International

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10-24.1.17 Tour Dubai, India, Sri Lanka:
12.1.17 Dubai College class and recital
15.1 Pune Music Society Recital 6.30pm Elgar, Howells, Dvorak, Franck
17.1 Goa Recital 6.30 Menezes Braganza Hall, Panjim. Dvorak, Howells, Franck
22.1 Colombo Recital 5-6.10pm Russian Cultural Centre. Vivaldi, Elgar, Howells, Nyman, Dvorak

25.1 BBC Radio 3 broadcast: BBCNOW Guto Puw Violin Concerto written for Madeleine Mitchell, recorded live Vale of Glamorgan Festival, conductor Edwin Outwater. 'Afternoon on 3' and for 30 days on I-player

26.1 Classes Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff

11.2 Milton Keynes Recital 11.30-12.45, The Cornerstone 300 Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK9 2ES Mozart, M Berkeley, Franck with Viv McLean, piano Tickets on the door

2.3 Kensington & Chelsea Music Society Recital, 7.30 Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ. MM & Friends Milhaud, Faure, Bridge, Ravel.

13.3 Barnes Music Festival 7.30 St Mary's, Church Road,Barnes SW13 9HL 'Nocturne' with David Harsent poet and Marc Verter, piano

23.3 Concert Bishop Centre 7.00 in aid of Godolphin & Latymer School, Iffley Road London W6 0PU with Wissam Boustany flute and Nigel Clayton, piano

Fri 19th May 1.05-2pm, St Mary-at-Hill Church, Lovat Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3R 8EE
Madeleine Mitchell violin, Wendy Hiscocks piano. Debussy Sonata, music by Elgar, Arthur Benjamin etc.
Free admission, collection

Sunday 21st May, 3-4.15pm Schubert Society of Great Britain, Programme includes piano trios by Schubert & Brahms. Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL No tickets required. Retiring collection. Concert followed by tea & cakes

Thurs 25th May 6-7pm Concert followed by a drinks reception, Steinway Hall, 44 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2DB Madeleine Mitchell violin, Wendy Hiscocks. Free admission by invitation (please email Celebrating Australian Music plus Debussy, Arthur Benjamin, Elgar, Delius

Tues 6th June 7-8.30pm City Pierrot Ensemble , City University - College Building, St John Street, London EC1V 4PB Free admission. Plus afternoon talks. Madeleine Mitchell & ensemble: Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire
Michael Finnissy - Mr Punch, Roger Redgate - Pierrot on the Stage of Desire

Sun 18th June 6pm Recital Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud GL6 7QW Works for violin & piano including Beethoven op.96 and Severnside composers

Sat 1st July 7.30 Concerto soloist with Bloomsbury Orchestra - Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending & Premiere of 'Explorations on Themes of Butterworth' by Michael Turner, All British programme St James, Sussex Gardens, London W2 3UD Tickets on the door 12 (10 concs)

Madeleine Mitchell on becoming a complete violinist:

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"The dynamically talented Madeleine Mitchell" (Barry Millington, Evening Standard) is one of Britain's most celebrated violinists, performing as a soloist and chamber musician in over 40 countries. She was a finalist in both the European Women of Achievement and the Creative Briton Awards, Helen Wallace, Editor of BBC Music Magazine describing her as "not only a violinist of great virtuosity but also of a very special poetic character...visionary imagination...she has been an independent pioneering figure in the violin world...a tremendous inspiration".

In addition to her acclaimed discography above, she has broadcast frequently for both television and radio including ABC-Australia, SABC, European and BBC television and the BBC Proms with Joanna MacGregor including their own arrangement of Bach.

In 2015/16 Madeleine Mitchell performed Elgar Violin Concerto in Russia, Guto Puw Violin Concerto with BBC National Orchestra of Wales recorded live from the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, gave recitals at Wigmore Hall, Vienna Schoenberg Centre, Moscow, Singapore Victoria Hall, a coast to coast tour of USA, returned to the Dartington International Summer School, performed her new programme with poetry for National Poetry Day, judged the Western International Strings Competition in China and performed twice live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune.

Madeleine performs a concerto repertoire from Vivaldi to contemporary and has played with major orchestras such as the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Polish Radio Symphony - Stravinsky violin concerto: ISCM Masters' of C20 Music Warsaw, Czech Radio Symphony - first Czech broadcast of Vaughan Williams 'The Lark Ascending', Wurttemburg and Munich Chamber orchestras, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Mozart on tour with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and for the BBC including the violin concerto 'Quadruple Elegy' written for her by Piers Hellawell, with the Ulster Orchestra and Charles Hazlewood. She performed Lou Harrison's Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra in Symphony Hall Birmingham International Series in her original collaboration with Ensemble Bash supported by Arts Council England. She stepped in at 24 hours notice to perform one of her favourites - Bruch Violin Concerto to a capacity audience at Bath Theatre Royal and returned as soloist in the Bath International Festival 'Great Brits' programme with Bath Philharmonia in Vaughan Williams 'The Lark Ascending' and her own arrangment of Elgar Salut d'Amour. David Matthews follows a long line of of distinguished British composers to write for Madeleine, with a new Romanza for solo violin with strings and a version for violin and piano, both of which she premiered in 2012/13 with her digital recording released in January 2017 on Madeleine premiered a new violin concerto by Guto Puw, Soft Stillness with the Orchestra of the Swan and there are plans for another album of works written for her.. 2014 saw Madeleine premiere a new violin concerto by Guto Puw with the Orchestra of the Swan and there are plans for her to record the violin concerto written for her by Matthew Taylor.

Madeleine Mitchell was twice Artist-in-Residence at the Canberra International Music Festival. She has performed at numerous other international festivals - Aspen, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Brazil Oficina and Articulacouns, Dvorak (Karlovy Vary) ISCM Warsaw, Kiev, Paris, Schwetzingen (Mozart), Stuttgart, Toronto and at Lincoln Center when she represented Britain with a recital in the festival UKinNY. She has performed at most of the UK's major music festivals - including the Proms, BBC Millennium Series, Aberystwyth, Aldborough, Arundel, Bath, Belfast (Sonorities/BBC), Brighton, Buxton, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Dartington, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Lower Machen, Malvern, Norfolk & Norwich, Orkney, Spitalfields, Vale of Glamorgan, Warwick & Leamington and York. Her idea for a violin concerto with voices replacing orchestra resulted in 3 unique works by Jonathan Harvey, Roxanna Panufnik and Thierry Pecou which she premiered at the Bath, Spitalfields festivals with the Joyful Company of Singers. Her recording of James MacMillan's Motet with solo violin, was BBCMusic's Choral CD of the Month.

"This highly imaginative artist...charismatic playing and musical personality"
Rian Evans Musical Opinion

As a recitalist Madeleine Mitchell is well known for her imaginative programming, eloquent introductions and wide repertoire combining classics and contemporary with her particular love of late romantic and early C20 works. Her recitals have frequently been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, including Live from the Wigmore Hall, St David's Hall Cardiff, BBC Millennium Series, and many festivals. Her performance of the Franck sonata was repeated during the Proms as well as televised. She has given recitals in venues such as Sydney Opera House and Seoul Center for the Arts - (part of a 3 month world tour), toured for the British Council and frequently performs in London. Her collaboration with pianist Noriko Ogawa for recitals won the GBSF Award. She often tours the USA, receiving standing ovations for her British music recital and was invited to give a recital in Rome hosted by the British Ambassador celebrating HM the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

"Assured technical brilliance and impressive musicality"
Canberra Times - Artist in Residence Canberra International Festival.

The original programme she devised, An American in Paris, was praised by The Times and is incorporated in Madeleine's latest programme 'Jazzed Up'.

"Madeleine Mitchell is an uncommonly intelligent and accomplished musician... her own highly effective arrangement of Gershwin"

After a Wigmore Hall recital with pianist Andrew Ball, with whom she had a 20 year partnership, Rob Cowan wrote in The Independent:

"When the highly personable Madeleine Mitchell launched into pieces written for her she had her audience tamed...(Brahms was) musically involving enough to prompt two encores."

A highly creative, lively personality, Madeleine Mitchell devised The Red Violin, the first international festival of the violin across the arts, held successfully in Cardiff in 1997 (before the film of the same name). As Artistic Director she secured Lord Menuhin as Patron and extensive BBC coverage. It took place again in October 2007 very successfully over 10 days with a daily podcast on Classic FM and wide national and international media coverage.

She is Director of the London Chamber Ensemble which includes Vivaldi Seasons with solo strings and a wide chamber music repertoire. The LCE has given many broadcasts including St George's Bristol, S4C TV and BBC Music Live - and concerts with Roger Chase, Michael Thompson, Kathryn Stott and Paul Watkins, including replacing the Academy of St Martins Chamber Ensemble at short notice in the Hall for Cornwall International Series. Madeleine was invited by Norbert Brainin to join him for his 80th birthday concert at the Wigmore Hall and has collaborated with many other well known artists. She also has a group Serenade, with Guitarist Craig Ogden and singer, with popular repertoire from Handel to Piazzolla.

Madeleine Mitchell has been a Professor since 1994 at the Royal College of Music, where as a Foundation Scholar she won the Tagore Gold Medal presented by HM the Queen Mother. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow she studied for a master's degree in New York at the Eastman and Juilliard schools with Donald Weilerstein, Sylvia Rosenberg and Dorothy DeLay. She frequently gives master classes including Dartington, and is on the faculty of the summer courses in Firenze and Wales.

"A world class violinist"
Hessische Allgemeine

Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (SC904) :

with Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Joanna MacGregor (piano).

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