Madeleine Mitchell - Artiste in Association
"The magnificent Mitchell...dedicated, penetrating musicianship."
"Wonderfully accomplished, irreproachably sensitive performances"
"Eclectic virtuoso of the violin, Madeleine Mitchell'
"One of Britain's liveliest musical forces" The Times 2005
During the 2005-06 season, Solihull Symphony Orchestra is fortunate to have secured the services of Madeleine Mitchell as our first Artiste in Association. Madeleine will be performing two concerts with the orchestra, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in November and the Michael Nyman Concerto in April.
Madeleine Mitchell performs in over 40 countries as a soloist. She was a finalist in both the European Women of Achievement and Creative Briton Awards, described by the Editor of BBC Music as "not only a volinist of great virtuosity but also of a very special poetic character." She broadcasts frequently for TV and radio including ABC-Australia, BBCTV, Italian TV, Spanish TV, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SABC and the BBC Proms with Joanna MacGregor (including their own arrangement of Bach).
Madeleine Mitchell has performed concertos with major orchestras throughout Europe. Highlights include Czech Radio Symphony: first Czech broadcast of Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending, Stravinsky with the Polish Radio Symphony in the ISCM Masters of C20 music in Warsaw, Wurttemberg and Music Chamber Orchestras, Bruch with the Royal Philharmonic, Karlovy Vary Orchestra on tour with Tamas Vasary, Beethoven in Brazil, Mozart on tour with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and for the BBC. She directs concertos from the violin such as Bach and Vivaldi Seasons. She commissioned a unique 'concerto' by Harvey, Pecou and Panufnik for violin and voices, premiered at Bath and Spitalfields festivals with the Joyful Company of Singers and most recently performed Lou Harrison's Violin Concerto with Percussion, with Ensemble Bash.
Madeleine Mitchell is well known for her recitals in a wide repertoire, her imaginative programming and her lively introductions, frequently broadcast for Radio 3 with Andrew Ball including Live from Wigmore Hall, the Millennium Series, St David's Hall Cardiff and numerous festivals. She was invited to represent Britain in the festival UKinNY with a recital at Lincoln Center and a return invitation next season. She has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts and Hong Kong - part of a 3 month world tour, played at many international and most of the major British festivals and frequently performs in London. Her original programme 'An American in Paris' was reviewed by The Times: 'Madeleine Mitchell is an uncommonly intelligent and accomplished musician...her own highly effective arrangement of Gershwin.'
Her recent recordings include Hummel violin sonatas for Meridian "stylish playing" BBC Music Magazine 2004 and 'British Treasures': (early 20th century romantic violin sonatas by Goossens, Hurlstone and Turnbull) with Andrew Ball: "Three fine English sonatas..excellent recordings..both artists play con amore with plenty of spirit and attack..most enjoyable' Gramophone 2004. "Performances beyond reproach..fine technical merit and genuine musical understanding. A very successful disc." International Record Review. "Excellent performances" The Strad. Following the huge success of her latest disc of pieces written for her, her next CD will be of short popular 'salon' pieces, a European Grand Tour.
Madeleine Mitchell devised the Red Violin, the first international festival of the violin across the arts, including folk fiddle, jazz, classical, visual arts, film, talks and workshops, held in Cardiff. As Artistic Director she secured Lord Menuhin as Patron and extensive BBC coverage.
She is also Director of the London Chamber Ensemble and Leader of the Bridge Quartet, regularly collaborating with cellist Paul Watkins and violist Ivo-Jan Van der Werff. Recordings include Bridge quartet and viola quintet reviewed by The Strad March 05: "A landmark recording with gripping ensemble.. Madeleine Mitchell and her luscious-toned friends do each work proud". Madeleine's new group, Serenade features guitarist Craig Ogden and tenor Michael Bennett in repertorie from Handel to Piazzolla has been selected for the Concert Promoters' Network 2006/7. Her recording of Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time with Joanna MacGregor was the widely recommended version and the solo violin movement was re-released by SoundCircus in the compilation 'Quiet Music' in 2004 with Joanna MacGregor. Arnold Whittall, Gramophone: 'An all star team which manages to outdo all its rivals....Mitchell leads the work to its sumptuous, ethereal apothosis with a winning blend of poise and fervour. The competition sounds almost dull in comparison'
Madeleine Mitchell was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she has been a Professor since 1994. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow she gained a master's degree in New York studying with DeLay and Weilerstein at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She is on the faculty of the Schlern International Festival, Italy.
'A world class violinist'