Madeleine Mitchell (violin) Konstantin Lapshin (piano)
Grace Williams – Violin Sonata
Michael Nyman – Taking it as Read
Edward Elgar – Violin Sonata
Violinist Madeleine Mitchell, described by The Times as ‘one of the UK’s liveliest musical forces’, has a distinguished international career as soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in 50 countries with major orchestras and in recitals, in festivals including the BBC Proms.
She is known for her championship of British music, both early 20th century and contemporary, receiving wide praise for her discography.
Madeleine Mitchell’s exciting new album of the chamber music of Grace Williams (1906-77) from the 1930s is released in March 2019 by Naxos. Widely considered to be Wales’s foremost female composer, she studied with Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music and was a close friend of Britten but there are also influences of Bartok and Shostakovitch in her 3 movement violin sonata of 1930.
Michael Nyman has written Madeleine several pieces; ‘Taking at Read’ was recorded on her recent acclaimed album ‘Violin Muse’: ‘a beautiful piece.. It makes a lovely conclusion to an enchanting disc’ MusicWeb International
Elgar Violin Sonata of 1918 is a favourite in the repertoire which Madeleine has performed a great deal, broadcast several times for BBC Radio 3. She is joined by the prize-winning young Russian pianist, Konstantin Lapshin.
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds