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Anthony Marwood MBE

DIRECTOR / VIOLIN
“If there were rock-star equivalents in the classical music world, ace British violinist Anthony Marwood would be on the list"

The Age, Australia


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Anthony Marwood enjoys a wide-ranging international career as soloist, director and chamber musician. Recent solo engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New World Symphony, London Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony and Sydney Symphony. He has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin, Douglas Boyd and Gemma New.

In summer 2021 he received great acclaim for his performance of the Ligeti Violin Concerto with Thomas Adès and the Tanglewood Music Centre Orchestra. The Boston Globe review commented “None could outshine special guest Anthony Marwood, the featured soloist in Ligeti’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Ending as it does with an extended and totally exposed cadenza — Marwood used one composed by Adès — this concerto demands Olympian-caliber endurance from its soloist, and Marwood surely would have run away with the gold. Under Adès’ baton, the orchestra created a backdrop of dramatic and organic sound; the Intermezzo saw the strings’ whispering tree-sounds morph into bright rocket flares, and the long Passacaglia slowly smoldered into a blazing inferno. Against all this, Marwood’s violin dug deep through double stops and soared high with angelic resonance — think many-eyed seraphim, not Precious Moments figurine. The orchestra’s closing gesture had scarcely dissipated before the fellows sharing my row were on their feet, cheering at full blast. They knew excellence when they heard it.”

As director and soloist Anthony has appeared with many of the leading chamber orchestras, including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Orchestre de chambre de Paris and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, he has a wide circle of regular collaborators including Steven Isserlis, Aleksandar Madžar, Inon Barnatan, Alexander Melnikov, Denes Varjon and James Crabb.

Many leading composers have written concertos for him, including Thomas Adès (Anthony also made the first recording of the work, for EMI) Steven Mackey, Sally Beamish and Samuel Carl Adams. Anthony is a prolific recording artist, with close to forty albums on the Hyperion label alone – most recently a recording of Walton’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. The disc received wide critical acclaim, including a 5-star review in The Guardian and a ‘Recommended Recording’ in The Strad Magazine, whilst the Sunday Times described him as “a thrilling, virtuosic soloist”. His latest release is Steven Mackey’s “Beautiful Passing” with David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on the Canary Classics label.

Anthony studied with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno in London. He has collaborated with numerous actors, Indian classical dancer Mayuri Boonham, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, sculptress Nicole Farhi and South African guitarist Derek Gripper. He was the violinist of the Florestan Trio for sixteen years and won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist award in 2006.

Anthony, who resides in Sussex and Amsterdam, is co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2023. He performs annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont and enjoys a close association with the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. Anthony was appointed as a William Lawes Chair of Chamber Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2022, awarded an MBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and was made a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in 2013. He uses a bow by Joseph René LaFleur and plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly bought by a syndicate of purchasers, and a 2018 violin made by Christian Bayon.

Artist Website: www.anthonymarwood.com

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Trondheim to Adelaide! Marwood sets off on Australian Tour

October 26th, 2023

It’s been a busy start to the 2023/24 season for Anthony Marwood. At the end of September Anthony chaired the jury of the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in which the Canadian, Rilian Trio secured the top prize.  This was followed by a visit to Quebec City and Montreal to direct Les Violons Du RoyRead more ›

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JBM Artists head for Australia and New Zealand

May 17th, 2023

Anthony Marwood is in Australia and New Zealand for a month, working with Sydney Conservatorium, the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Recital Centre (a recital with pianist Stefan Cassomenos) and on the jury of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Queenstown and Auckland, New Zealand. Andrew Litton heads to Adelaide this week for a RachmaninoffRead more ›

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Marwood in Madrid

March 10th, 2023

Anthony Marwood returns to Madrid tonight to perform Thomas Adès’ Märchentänze for violin and orchestra with the Orquesta Nacional de España. Conducted by the composer, the final performance of the week on Sunday March 12 will be broadcast live from the Auditiorio Nacional de Música on Radio Clásica. The four Märchentänze (‘Dances from Fairytale’) were originally writtenRead more ›

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Anthony Marwood performs Ligeti at Tanglewood

July 12th, 2021

Anthony Marwood will perform the Ligeti Violin Concerto at Tanglewood on 26th July 2021. The performance, with the Tanglewood Music Centre Orchestra, will be conducted by Thomas Adès. One of the premier summer music festivals in the world and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, Tanglewood is located in the beautiful BerkshireRead more ›

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Marwood revisits Adès

November 2nd, 2020

Anthony Marwood returns to Adès’ violin concerto “Concentric Paths” in November with performances in Finland and Spain. In Finland he will appear with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Ryan Bancroft in the Tapiola Hall at the Espoo Cultural Centre. In Spain, he will appear with the Orquesta Nacional de España, conducted by the composer, for threeRead more ›

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Reviews

Steven Mackey: Beautiful Passing – Music for Violin & Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Canary Classics, 2022

“Marwood’s performance is, throughout, outstanding. His finger work is precise, tone warm, and feel for Passing’s sharp contrasts of tone and gesture secure. Particularly impressive are the violinist’s accounts of the furious cadenza, with its distortion-like effects, and its serene final episode.”

The Arts Fuse

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Discography

SCHUMANN VIOLIN SONATAS

Violin Sonatas Nos 1,2,3 with Anthony Marwood (Violin) and Aleksander Madzar (piano)

WIGMORE HALL LIVE (2013)

THE ROMANTIC VIOLIN CONCERTO VOL. 13

Includes Schumann’s Violin Concertos in D minor and A minor, and the Phantasie for violin and orchestra with Anthony Marwood (violin) and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Douglas Boyd

HYPERION (2012)

Brahms- VIOLIN SONATAS 1-3

With Anthony Marwood (violin) and Aleksander Madzar (piano)

WIGMORE HALL LIVE (2012)

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