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Madeleine Mitchell has been described by the Chief Music Critic of The Times as 'one of Britain's liveliest musical forces' and the Glasgow Herald as 'a violinist in a million.. staggering virtuosity and unparalleled musicianship… her amazing, big-toned, sweetly lyrical and vibrantly intense playing is unmistakable'. She has performed in over 40 countries as a soloist in a wide repertoire in major venues and frequently broadcasts for television and radio including the BBC Proms and ABC (Australia). She has been nominated for Woman of the Year 2006, the European Women of Achievement and the Creative Briton Awards. In the past few years she has made several widely acclaimed recordings.

Madeleine has performed concertos with major orchestras including the Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras; Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra de Bahia - Brazil, Czech Symphony of Karlovy Vary, Malaga Symphony of Spain and for the BBC, with conductors including Sir Alexander Gibson and Tamas Vasary and in major festivals such as Schwetzingen. She directs concertos from the violin such as Bach and Vivaldi Seasons and commissioned a unique 'concerto' by Harvey, Pecou and Panufnik for violin and voices, premiered at Bath and Spitalfields festivals. She performed Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra in Symphony Hall Birmingham International Series as part of her collaboration with Ensemble Bash, supported by a major Arts Council England touring grant (2006-8).

Madeleine is well known for her recitals in a wide repertoire, frequently broadcast for television and on BBC Radio 3 and for her imaginative programming. She represented Britain in both the festival UKinNY with a recital at Lincoln Center and for the centenary of Entente Cordiale with France. She has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts and Hong Kong - part of a 3 month world tour supported by the British Council, played at many international and most of the major British festivals and frequently performs in London. She was chosen by the legendary leader of the Amadeus Quartet, Norbert Brainin to play with him for his 80th birthday concert at Wigmore Hall. Other artists with whom she has collaborated include Joanna MacGregor, Elizabeth Søderstrøm, Kathryn Stott and Paul Watkins. At the beginning of her career she was the violinist in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' seminal group 'the Fires of London', combining this with a burgeoning career in Europe performing violin concertos from the standard repertoire. She has had numerous pieces written for her by some of the UK’s best known composers which she recently recorded.

A highly creative personality, Madeleine devised the Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin's patronage, the first international eclectic festival of the fiddle across the arts with extensive BBC coverage in 1997, which takes place again in October 2007 throughout Cardiff. 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, Weilerstein and Rosenberg at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She gives master classes worldwide, is Director of the London Chamber Ensemble and is on the faculty of the Schlern International Festival, Italy.

'A world class violinist' - Hessische Allgemeine (Brahms Violin concerto)

CD details:

DDA 25063 Violin Songs