Anthony Marwood, Principal Artistic Partner
Quebec City, March 3, 2015 – Les Violons du Roy is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Marwood to the position of principal artistic partner beginning with the 2015–2016 season. Maestro Marwood is an internationally acclaimed musician who has developed a true artistic partnership with Les Violons du Roy. He enjoys the full support of the orchestra musicians, among whom he is greatly admired and recognized as an extraordinarily inspiring artist. The ensemble sought to deepen this artistic relationship, the potential of which was manifested in memorable interpretations of works by Mendelssohn, Vasks, and Enesco in recent seasons.
Anthony Marwood will continue his well-established international career as a violinist and conductor, attested to by an impressive and highly regarded discography as well as his work with numerous prestigious ensembles including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Under the new, three-year artistic agreement, Marwood will spend a minimum of three weeks with Les Violons du Roy in 2015–2016 and approximately four weeks per year in each of the following two seasons. He may also be called on to conduct the orchestra both at home and abroad. Next season he will join the orchestra for the De Corelli à Britten and Beethoven et Marwood concerts in October and November 2015, affording the public an opportunity to appreciate his virtuosity in Beethoven’s Romances for violin and in eclectic works by Geminiani, Stravinsky, and Britten. The musicians of the orchestra will take advantage of his presence to tackle a varied repertoire from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
British violinist Anthony Marwood is known worldwide as an artist of exceptional expressive force, with an effortless technique and beautiful tone. His energetic and collaborative nature places him in great demand as soloist/director with chamber orchestras worldwide. He is Principal Artistic Partner of Les Violons du Roy, a post he took up in 2015. In the 16/17 season, he is Guest Artistic Leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. His eminence as a soloist has led him to work with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin, Bernard Labadie, and Douglas Boyd.
In recent years, engagements have included the Boston Symphony, Iceland Symphony and Vienna Radio Symphony orchestras, as well as the New Zealand, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras. He recently toured with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and maintains a fruitful relationship with the Australian National Academy of Music, where he regularly directs performances from the violin.
Anthony Marwood is a renowned champion of contemporary music, regularly premiering and recording new works for violin. Among those composed for him is Thomas Adès’ Concentric Paths, which he performs in the current season with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andrew Manze. The violinist first performed the work in Berlin and at the BBC Proms with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by the composer, following these performances with many national premieres around the globe and a release on EMI in 2010. Other works composed for Marwood include Steven Mackey’s Four Iconoclastic Episodes, premiered in 2009 with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and Sally Beamish’s 1995 violin concerto, premiered with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins.
Anthony Marwood’s most recent CD features Schumann’s violin sonatas, recorded with Aleksandar Madžar and released on the award-winning Wigmore Live label. The disc, which was described by International Record Review as “exemplary in every way”, followed on the duo’s acclaimed recording of the Brahms violin sonatas on the same label. Marwood has recorded more than 30 discs for Hyperion, ranging 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 of Kurt Weill and Peteris Vasks with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.