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. In addition to performances with orchestras including the RPO, LPO and BBC orchestras, and conductors including Andrew Litton and Tamas Vasary, she continues her association with Orchestra of the Swan, returning as “Artist in Residence” next season. Performances have taken her across the UK, Europe, to the USA and the Antipodes.
In demand as a recitalist, Tamsin enjoys a duo partnership with pianist and composer Huw Watkins, with whom she has released three CD recordings. Their most recent recital disc, ‘1917’, received outstanding reviews from the likes of The Strad, The Guardian, Classic FM, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and was in the Top 20 of the Official Classical Charts. BBC Radio 3 described their playing as Their other albums include music based on ‘Americans in Paris’ in the twentieth century (Champs Hill) and a disc of Mendelssohn concerti with David Curtis and Orchestra of the Swan (Signum Records). Tamsin’s most recent disc is Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending and Violin Concerto in D minor, again with Orchestra of the Swan and David Curtis. In Spring 2015 she will release a disc of solo violin music written in 1944 onwards. Tamsin is a “Signum Classics Artist” with Signum Records.
Her love of chamber music led her to form the Honeymead Ensemble (resident at the Tricycle Theatre in London) as well as the Honeymead Festival on Exmoor. She is also Artistic Director of the Sunday Series at London’s Tricycle Theatre, for which she was named one of Evening Standards 1000 most influential Londoners and she was Artistic Director of Music at the Bargello Chamber Music Festival in Florence, Italy in 2011-2012. She recently joined the acclaimed London Bridge Ensemble, with whom she appears regularly and has recorded the Dvorak piano quartets with Gary Pomeroy for the Champs Hill label.
Since 2007 she has played the 1721 ex-Fenyves Stradivarius violin.