Madeleine Mitchell

Madeleine Mitchell

Madeleine Mitchell has a distinguished career as solo violinist, chamber musician, artistic director and teacher. She has performed in some 50 countries in a wide repertoire, frequently broadcast for radio and television in major festivals and venues, including the BBC Proms. She has also given masterclasses worldwide. Her latest album of Grace Williams Chamber Music for Naxos – all premiere recordings, is released at RWCMD 8.3.19.

Recent engagements include Artist-in-Residence at the Canberra International Festival, Elgar Violin Concerto in Russia, recitals in Singapore, Wigmore Hall, Schoenberg Center Vienna, Moscow and and on BBC Radio 3; judging an international strings competition in China and a major tour of the USA. Mitchell’s latest album, Violin Muse includes works written for her by established UK composers, including her live recording of Guto Puw’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the pieces Michael Nyman wrote for the opening of Mitchell’s Red Violin festival at Wales Millennium Centre and Judith Weir’s violin duos with her former student, now RWCMD tutor, Cerys Jones.

Madeleine Mitchell has performed 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, as well as for the BBC. In recital, Madeleine Mitchell represented Britain in the festival UKinNY at Lincoln Center, the Queen’s Jubilee in Rome and ‘Great British Week’ in Kuwait, as well as giving recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts, Hong Kong and many international festivals.

Mitchell’s acclaimed discography includes Violin Songs – Classic FM’s featured CD, two albums of works written for her including MacMillan and Nyman: In Sunlight and FiddleSticks (with Lou Harrison Violin Concerto), nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards; Naxos albums of William Alwyn and of Howard Blake, British Treasures; Hummel sonatas and Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time with Joanna MacGregor. Her CD of MacMillan with Cappella Nova was BBC Music Choral CD of the Month.

She began her career as Violinist/Violist in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Fires of London before becoming Director of the London Chamber Ensemble and is also known for her original collaborations, including violin & percussion and violin & voices (both supported by Arts Council England) and her imaginative programming.

A highly creative personality, Madeleine devised the Red Violin Festival in Cardiff under Lord Menuhin’s patronage, the first international eclectic celebration of the fiddle across the arts, for which she was shortlisted for the European Woman of Achievement Award. Madeleine Mitchell won the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she is a Professor, including ground-breaking work with the RCM’s Centre for Performance Science, funded by the European Commission. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow she was awarded a master’s degree in New York studying with DeLay, Weilerstein and Rosenberg at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She is on the faculty of the international LMFL and Orfeo summer festivals. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000.