"One of Britain's liveliest musical forces, the indefatigably adventurous violinist 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."
Madeleine Mitchell's acclaimed recording of Messiaen Quatuor pour La Fin du Temps and Krauze with Joanna MacGregor, has been re-issued on Warner.
"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"
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 http://www.divine-art.com/CD/25063info.htm
'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.'
'A CD full of small joys, wonderfully played.'
Alwyn Chamber Music & Songs Madeleine Mitchell & Friends, Naxos 8.570340
FiddleSticks with ensemblebash SIGCD111 www.signumrecords.com
'My favourite contemporary music CD of 2007..Brilliant stuff'
'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"
"A most rewarding survey of new music..Mitchell turns in a wonderfully accomplished, irreproachably sensitive set of performances"
Hummel violin sonatas Meridian CDE 84439
"Appealing, lively performances"
'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'
'Madeleine Mitchell is a marvellously communicative and virtuosic performer and plays with great sympathy'
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20.1.13 Elgar Violin Concerto Cambridge, 7.30 - with Sinfonia of Cambridge conductor Howard Williams, at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP http://www.westroad.org
23.1.13 Recital Rhyl Concert Club, North Wales 7.30 with Nigel Clayton piano - Bach to contemporary. Rhyl Town Hall Tickets £10 on the door http://rhylmusic.com/index.php
9.2 Bruch Violin Concerto, Notting Hill 7.30 with Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra conductor Graham Ross. St Peter's, Kensington Park Road, London W11 2PN http://www.cgco.org.uk/aboutcgco.htm
14.2.13 Recital Nottingham, Djanogly Hall, Lakeside Arts Centre 7.30pm Beethoven, Respighi & Elgar Violin sonatas, David Matthews Romanza, with Nigel Clayton piano. Pre-concert talk with the composer. www.lakesidearts.org.uk
1-4.3 St Petersburg: recital and concerto
14.3 Jazzed Up concert Sprotburgh Music Club (near Doncaster) 7.30 with Kyle Horch saxophone & Nigel Clayton piano at St Mary's Church Hall, Sprotburgh DN5 7LT http://sprotbrough-music-society.agilityhoster.com/index.php Tickets on the door £12.50
17.3 Recital 3pm Schubert Society GB, at German YMCA 35 Craven Terrace, London W2 3EL http://www.german-ymca.org.uk/schubert-society.html Schubert plus music from 'Violin Songs' CD - Elgar, Bridge short pieces etc with Nigel Foster piano. Admisison free, donation requested. Followed by tea
24.3 Recital King's Place 6.30pm, London Chamber Music Society - Beethoven Sonata no.4, Respighi Violin Sonata, David Matthews Romanza (London Premiere), Elgar Sonata with Nigel Clayton piano. 90 York Way, London N1 9AG http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/ http://www.londonchambermusic.org.uk/index.html
19.4 Concert Brighton 7.30 with soprano and piano. Music & Wine at St. Luke's Church, Queen's Park Road, Brighton BN2 9ZB Tickets £6 (£4 concessions) http://stlukesconcerts.webeden.co.uk/
8.5 Master classes Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
10.5 Master class Sydney Conservatorium
11-19.5 Canberra International Festival Artist in Residence
31.5 Master class City University, London
10.6 Recital for the Elgar Society, London
29.6 Proms at St Jude's, 7.30 St Judes-on-the-Hill, Central Square, London NW11 7AH - D Matthews Romanza with Chicago Camerata (with Haydn and Beethoven) http://www.promsatstjudes.org.uk/index.html
14-21 or 21-28.7 Orfeo International Music Festival, Vipiteno, Italian Alps. http://www.orfeomusicfestival.com/
Biography for concert promoters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
"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".
She broadcasts 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.
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 this year performed 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 is the latest in 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 premieres in 2012/13 (see diary).
Madeleine Mitchell has performed in numerous international festivals - Aspen, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Brazil Oficina, Canberra, 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.
"This highly imaginative artist...charismatic playing and musical personality"
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 with Andrew Ball 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 2010/11 has won the GBSF Award. In 2012 she returned to the USA for a successful tour, where she received a standing ovation for her British music recital. In the Autumn 2012 she has been 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"
The original programme she devised, An American in Paris, was praised by The Times and is incorporated in Madeleine's latest programme 'Jazzed Up' for 2013
"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, 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 Ensembel 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 tenor Michael Bennett 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 and is on the Faculty of the Orfeo International Festival - held each July in the spectacular Dolomites in Italy.
"A world class violinist"
with Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Joanna MacGregor (piano).
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