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

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"

Alpha & Omega Linn CD - MacMillan, Cappella Nova with Madeleine Mitchell
BBC Music Choral CD of the Month Feb 2014

'"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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4-11.2.15 Tour of Russia
7.2 Elgar Violin Concerto Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Ainars Rubikis
10.2 Recital Moscow Conservatory

6.3 BBC Radio 3 In Tune - live performance & interview

7.3 Recital 11.30 Milton Keynes City Church, (19.3. Wigmore programme plus Bach & Mozart)

13,14.3 Master classes Sinagpore Nanjang Academy of Fine Arts
16.3.15 Recital Victoria Hall, Singapore 7.30pm (Wigmore prog + Strauss Violin Sonata)

19.3.15 Wigmore Hall Recital 1-2pm, London W1U 2BP, Bridge, Elgar, MacMillan with Nigel Clayton

17.4 Concert Milton Court, Barbican, London EC2Y 9SS, chamber music of Howard Blake (with the composer as pianist)

28.4 Concert Schoenberg Center, Vienna

20.6 Chamber Concert Teddington Summer Music Festival 7.30 Normansfield Theatre, Langdown Centre, 2a Langdown Park, Teddington TW11 9PS Tickets £12.50 (£10 concs) tel. 0333 1212 300

27.6 Concertos with Stroud Symphony Orchestra 7.30 - Tchaikovsky Meditation, Geoffrey Poole Rhapsody (premiere), Holy Trinity Church, Stroud

12.7 Recital Llandeilo Fawr Festival 7pm Newton House (National Trust) Franck, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Bach

13-26.7 LMFL music course Llandovery College

15-22.8 Dartington International Summer School

16.8 Recital Dartington - Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Howells, Bridge

19.8 Piazzolla Seasons Concert with Dartington Festival Orchestra conductor Sian Edwards

26.8-2.9 China - Judging Western Strings Competition Guangzhou, Master class Beijing Conservatoire

19.9 Recital Shaftesbury, St Peter's Church 7pm

Oct 8 'Nocturne' music and poetry with David Harsent for National Poetry Day at Ligne Roset, Commerical Road, E1

Oct 11 Recital Little Venice Music Festival, London W9 2PT 7.30 with Viv McLean piano

US tour Oct 24-Nov 12:

Oct 26 class & recital 5-5.50 Union College Schenectady NY

27 7.30 Recital Compass Music & Arts Centre, Brandon Vermont

28 talk/class Boston Conservatoire

30 class & 7.30 Recital Uni of South Florida, Tampa

Nov 1 7.30 Recital MWSU, Wichita Falls Texas with Ruth Morrow

Nov 3 2-4 class University of Arizona

Nov 4 7.30 recital Boulder with Tamara Goldstein

Nov 5 2-4 class and talk on British music Uni Denver

Nov 6 class UCLA

Nov 10 private concert San Francisco

Jan 19 RCM Frank Bridge Symposium - Performance and talk with David Owen Norris

Jan 23 Recital Milton Keynes Cornerstone Church Beethoven, Ravel, Faure Violin Sonatas with Nigel Clayton, piano

Jan 26 Recital City University with Ian Pace piano

Jan 27 Violin Class Royal Welsh College of Music

Feb 12 Recital Bristol University 1.15-2 Victoria Rooms. Faure Violin Sonata no.1 Free admission, followed by violin master class 2.30-4.45

March 19 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Havering Concert Orchestra 7.30

April 7 Recital 7.30 St Paul's, Clifton Bristol BS8 1LP - new works for MM by Severnsiders Composers Alliance

April 8 Recital Christian Community Church, 73 Cainscross Rd, Stroud GL5 4HB 7.30 as per 7.4

April 13 Recital 8pm Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden AL5 2JQ Violin Sonatas - Beethoven no.2, Brahms no.3, Faure no.1 with Nigel Clayton piano

April 16 Judging Gregynog Young Musicians

May 12 Concerto soloist with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2pm, Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

May 16-22 tbc Istanbul concert/classes

June 11 Soloist with New Bristol Sinfonia 7.30 The Forum, Bath

June 18 Teddington Festival

July 3 Soloist with Exeter Festival Chorus, Dartington Great Hall, 7.30
Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6EL Tucapsky Seven Sorrows, Rutter
Conducted by Nigel Perrin Requiem Tickets £15

July 14-26 Llandovery, mid Wales

Jul 30-Aug 13 Firenze, Italy

Aug 20-27 Dartington Summer School. Aug 21 Recital Great Hall Aug

23.8 Stravinsky Soldier's Tale 10pm Barn Theatre, violin master classes

Madeleine Mitchell on becoming a complete violinist:

Biography for concert promoters, please contact

"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.

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. 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 France 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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