Anthony Marwood is one of the most distinguished violinists of his generation. Internationally renowned both as soloist and director, he collaborates regularly with many eminent ensembles around the world. These include the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and the Irish Chamber Orchestra (of which he was Artistic Director). As soloist he has worked with eminent conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Douglas Boyd, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Marin Alsop, David Robertson, Martyn Brabbins and Ilan Volkov.
In the 2013/14 season Anthony travels to North America on three occasions, firstly as soloist/director with the St Louis Symphony in an all-Mozart programme; then for the world premiere of Samuel Carl Adams’ Violin Concerto, written for him and commissioned by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra; and he returns for trio concerts with Martin Fröst and Marc-André Hamelin in Boston and San Francisco, and to Les Violons Du Roy in Quebec. In Australia he directs a project at the Australian National Academy of Music for the fourth successive year. In Europe, Anthony debuts with the Kymi Sinfonietta, the Odense Symphony and Iceland Symphony Orchestras, and as soloist/director with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Tapiola Sinfonietta. He also returns to the BBC Scottish Symphony and the London Mozart Players. On the chamber music front he joins Steven Isserlis and friends at Wigmore Hall, as well as Thomas Adès in a concert celebrating the opening of the Guildhall School’s new concert venue in London, Milton Court. Trio performances with Martin Fröst and Marc-André Hamelin are scheduled for Holland, Belgium and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Recent performances have included a critically acclaimed tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta as soloist/director and a tour of Australia with recital partner Aleksandar Madžar. Last season also saw Anthony return to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and give three performances of Thomas Adès’ violin concerto with the Sydney Symphony.
European highlights included the Austrian premiere of Steven Mackey’s violin concerto Beautiful Passing with the Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Wien, performances of Brahms’ Double Concerto with the Aurora Orchestra, and of the Britten Double Concerto with Lawrence Power and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Anthony also participated in the Vinterfest Chamber Music Festival in Sweden and performed Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale with Ensemble 10/10 in Liverpool. In Canada Anthony gave his debut as soloist/director with the Vancouver Symphony.
Anthony regularly collaborates with contemporary composers, and violin concertos that have been composed for him include Thomas Adès “Concentric Paths”, Sally Beamish’s 1995 concerto, and a concerto by Ross Harris, premiered with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The Adès concerto was first performed by him in Berlin and at the BBC Proms, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by the composer, before giving many national premieres around the globe. EMI released the recording of the Adès concerto in 2010 to widespread praise.
Anthony Marwood’s most recent CD features Schumann’s violin sonatas, released on the award-winning Wigmore Live label, which the International Record Review described as “exemplary in every way… must now be the recording of choice in these works.” This is Anthony’s second CD for Wigmore Live, following on from the much acclaimed recording of the Brahms violin sonatas (both with Aleksandar Madžar and recorded live at Wigmore Hall). Recent releases on the Hyperion label include Schumann’s late works for violin and orchestra, and of the Britten Violin and Double Concertos, both with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In total Anthony has recorded more than 30 CDs for Hyperion Records, spanning from the core trio repertoire with the Florestan Trio, to Stravinsky’s complete music for violin and piano (with Thomas Adès) and the violin concertos by Kurt Weill and Peteris Vasks.
Another facet of Marwood’s career is genre-bending presentations, such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ fully-staged production of Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale”, in which Marwood acted the role of the Soldier and played the violin part. He also enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with award-winning Indian classical dancer Mayuri Boonham.
Born in London, Anthony Marwood studied with Emanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music, David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music, and took lessons from Sandor Vegh and Daniel Phillips at IMS Prussia Cove. The Royal Philharmonic Society named Anthony Marwood ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2006. He is the co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival and teaches annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont. He plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly bought by a syndicate of purchasers.