Les Violons du Roy welcomes back violinist Anthony Marwood, a long-time collaborator and friend who has helped Les Violons du Roy explore and develop its vast repertoire over the years. Enesco’s marvellous string octet takes on a truly epic dimension in this version for string orchestra. Mendelssohn’s first violin concerto provides an opportunity to appreciate the exceptional talent of this remarkable musician.
Conductors and soloists
Anthony MarwoodViolinist and conductor
Anthony Marwood enjoys a wide-ranging international career as soloist, director and chamber musician. Recent solo engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New World Symphony, London Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Spain, Adelaide Symphony and Sydney Symphony. He has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin and Douglas Boyd.
Recent highlights have included his debut at the Tanglewood Festival in the USA, playing Ligeti’s violin concerto, conducted by Thomas Adès. He returned to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Orchestra of Spain, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists, Halle Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony, as well as performing at La Jolla SummerFest and the Yellow Barn, Portland and Bridgehampton Festivals in the USA. As a chamber musician he has a wide circle of regular collaborators including Steven Isserlis, Aleksandar Madžar, Inon Barnatan, Alexander Melnikov, Denes Varjon and James Crabb. In November 2023 he will be the Artistic Director of UKARIA 24, a long weekend festival at a beautiful concert hall in the Adelaide Hills.
Many leading composers have written concertos for him, including Thomas Adès (Anthony also made the first recording of his violin concerto, for EMI) Steven Mackey, Sally Beamish and Samuel Carl Adams. Anthony is a proliﬁc recording artist, and his most recent release – his 50th on the Hyperion label – is a recording of Walton’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins. The disc received wide critical acclaim, including a 5-star review in The Guardian and a ‘Recommended Recording’ in The Strad Magazine, whilst the Sunday Times described him as “a thrilling, virtuosic soloist”.
Anthony, who resides in Sussex and Amsterdam, is co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2023. He performs annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont and enjoys a close association with the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He was appointed an MBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and was made a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in 2013.
Serenade for Strings, op. 20
Concerto for Violin and Strings in D Minor (1822)
Octet in C Major, Op. 7 (Version for string orchestra A. Marwood )