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Our artist-in-residence for 2016-17 Tamsin Waley-Cohen joins forces with her long time collaborator Huw Watkins for a programme that gives us a snapshot of music across Europe in 1917.
Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor
Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor
Sibelius: Five Pieces for Violin & Piano
Elgar: Violin Sonata in E minor
Described by The Times as a violinist “who held us rapt in daring and undaunted performances” and by The Guardian as a performer of “fearless intensity”, Tamsin Waley-Cohen enjoys an adventurous and varied career.
Tamsin has been selected for the prestigious European Concert Halls Organisation’s Rising Stars programme for the 2016/17 season, chosen by Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall. Tamsin is the only British artist nominated for this season, and she will be embarking upon a prestigious European tour of some of the finest concert halls in Europe including Musikverein Vienna, Cité de la Musique Paris and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
She has performed with major UK orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Orchestra of the Swan (with whom she was Associate Artist in the 2015/16 season), under conductors including Andrew Litton, Jose Serebrier, Tamas Vasary and Nicolae Moldoveanu. Tamsin has also performed with orchestras from around the world including Budapest Philharmonic, Graz Kammerphilharmonie and Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, with performances taking her across Europe, New Zealand, and the USA. Tamsin was also selected as a Wigmore Emerging Artist for season 2015-2016 by the Wigmore Hall in London.
Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976. He studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. In 2001 he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, he now teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Huw Watkins is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, both as a performer and as a composer.
As a pianist, Huw Watkins is in great demand with orchestras and festivals including the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC orchestras and Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals. He has performed globally at concert halls including at the Barbican, the Wigmore Hall, the Library of Congress in Washington and the Smithsonian Institute. Strongly committed to the performance of new music, Huw has given premieres of works by Alexander Goehr, Tansy Davies, Michael Zev Gordon and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He recently presented a programme of Hans Werner Henze’s piano works at the BBC’s Total Immersion day at the Barbican. UK recent appearances include Newbury and Peasmarsh Festivals, Wigmore Hall, Eaton Square, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, Saffron Walden, Glasgow, Bath. Further afield, Ferrara, Columbus (USA) with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Domaine Forget and Toronto Summer Music Festival. Recently Huw has featured as both Composer in Residence and pianist at festivals including Presteigne and Lars Vogt’s ‘Spannungen’ Festival in Heimbach, Germany, as well as with the Orchestra of the Swan (2012–14).