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 performs as a soloist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic, Graz Kammerphilharmonie, and Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, under conductors including Andrew Litton, Jose Serebrier, Tamas Vasary, Shlomo Mintz and Nicolae Moldoveanu. She has played at the Cadogan, Queen Elizabeth and Barbican halls in London, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, and in venues across the UK and the Continent.
This season will see performances at the Wigmore Hall and King’s Place in London, as well as concerto and chamber music concerts in Austria, France, Spain, and Sweden. She will also be making two CD recordings; for the Champs Hill labels, with Huw Watkins, of music based on ‘Americans in Paris’ in the twentieth century, and for Signum Records of Mendelssohn concerti, with Huw Watkins, David Curtis and Orchestra of the Swan. For the 2012-2013 season she will be the Associate Artist with Orchestra of the Swan.
In demand as a recitalist, Tamsin’s partners include Huw Watkins, Tom Poster, and Simon Crawford-Philips. She also regularly plays with cellist Gemma Rosefield, and has worked with artists such as Andreas Haefliger, Heinz Holliger and Anssi Kartonnen. She has premiered works by composers including Torsten Rasch, Joseph Phibbs, and Richard Causton; in 2011 she gave the premiere of a new “Concertino” written for her by Huw Watkins. She also values her experience as a chamber musician and has formed the Honeymead Ensemble, resident at the Tricycle Theatre in London from 2011-2012 as well as the Honeymead Festival on Exmoor. Tamsin has performed in many festivals – Cheltenham, Academia San Felice, Florence Chamber Music, The Red Violin, The Two Moors, Stift and Presteigne, three years ago making her American debut with the Mendelssohn Concerto in the Bowdoin Festival. Last year she was artist in residence at Frome Festival.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen was born in London in 1986. She became a Foundation Scholar, studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky, at the Royal College of Music where she won all available awards, including – twice – the concerto competition, and was their String Player of the Year in 2005. Numerous competition successes include winning the 2005 Royal Overseas League String Prize and the 2007 J&A Beare Bach competition.
Tamsin has been a regular participant at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove since she was 16. She has also participated in master classes given by Ida Haendel, Igor Ozim, and Ruggiero Ricci, the latter describing her as “the most exceptionally gifted young violinist I have ever encountered.”
From 2011-2012 she was the Artistic Director of London’s Tricycle Theatre’s Chamber Music Series, and of Music at the Bargello Chamber Music Festival in Florence, Italy.
Since 2007 she has played the 1721 ex-Fenyves Stradivarius violin.