London-born Anthony Marwood is internationally renowned both as a soloist and director, collaborating regularly with many eminent ensembles around the world. These include the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Saint Louis Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. As soloist he has worked with eminent conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Douglas Boyd, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Marin Alsop, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Martyn Brabbins and Ilan Volkov.
Highlights of this season include a Wigmore Hall residency, his third tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in November, a performance of Berg’s Chamber Concerto with the Aurora Orchestra and Alexander Melnikov as well as a tour with accordionist James Crabb. He will give his debut as soloist/director with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Bern Camerata, and return to Canada for concerts with Les Violons du Roy, where he has been appointed Principal Artistic Partner, a three-year contract starting in 2015/16. In May 2015, Anthony will embark on an extended trip to Australia and New Zealand for engagements with the New Zealand, Tasmanian, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.
In recent seasons he has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston and Iceland Symphony Orchestras and ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, toured with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as soloist/director, and in recital with Aleksandar Madžar in Australia. Anthony maintains a fruitful relationship with the Australian National Academy of Music, regularly directing workshops and performances with the orchestra. The 2013/14 season saw him appear as soloist/director with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in an all-Mozart programme, premiere Samuel Carl Adams’s Violin Concerto in California, perform with clarinettist Martin Fröst and pianist Marc-André Hamelin in Europe and the US, and make his debut as soloist/director with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Canada, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta.
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 Steven Mackey’s “Four Iconoclastic Episodes”, premiered with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, of which Anthony was Artistic Director, in 2009. 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 the label, 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. He was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2006 and for sixteen years was the violinist of the Florestan Trio. He is co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival and teaches annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont. Anthony was appointed a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in 2013. He plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly bought by a syndicate of purchasers.