PROM 61: September 1
Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as ‘one of Britain's liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists'. 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 Italian TV when she won the Palma d’Oro, praised both for her vibrant lyrical intensity and pioneering creativity.
She has represented the UK in recitals, at the festival UKinNY at the Lincoln Center and for the Queen’s Jubliee in Rome - her ‘Century of British Music’ hosted by the British Ambassador. Recent engagements have included Elgar Violin Concerto in Russia, recitals in Singapore, Wigmore and Barbican Halls London, BBC Radio 3, Schoenberg Center Vienna, Moscow, Dartington International Summer Festival, judging the Western International Strings Competition in China and major tours of the USA.
Recent successes include Mitchell's album of Grace Williams Chamber Music, all premiere recordings, with her London Chamber Ensemble - Guardian CD of the Week and no.2 in the Classical Charts, and Violin Muse - 7 world premiere recordings mainly of works written for her including her live recording with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales of the Violin Concerto by Guto Puw from the Vale of Glamorgan Festival. 2019/20 sees Madeleine return to the USA for Brahms Double Concerto and recitals, her first tour of Japan, including the Bruch Violin Concerto in Tokyo, her live recording with BBC NOW of Grace Williams Violin Concerto for Nimbus and a recording of the new work written for her by Robert Saxton which she premiered with Clare Hammond at the latest Three Choirs Festival.
Madeleine Mitchell has performed violin concertos with orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil, for the BBC and for royalty including HM The Sultan of Oman. 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 and with Orchestra of the Swan in the Spring Sounds Festival. 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 devised a unique ‘concerto’ for violin and choir, with new works by Jonathan Harvey, Thierry Pecou and Roxanna Panufnik, supported by Arts Council England in several festivals.