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, and his most recent release – his 50th on the Hyperion label – is 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”.
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 20th anniversary in 2018. He performs annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont and enjoys a close association with the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He was appointed 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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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 Rachmaninoff…Read more ›
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 written…Read more ›
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 Berkshire…Read more ›
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 three…Read more ›
Thomas Adès’ “Concentric Paths” (Andrew Manze and the London Philharmonic Orchestra – Royal Festival Hall)
Marwood and Manze captured both the rigour of the structure and the slipperiness of its articulation. At the close, the admiration of the LPO players was warmly evident, while Manze – a fine fiddler himself – shook his head and smiled, seemingly in disbelief at Marwood’s relaxed dexterity.
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