"Tamsin Waley-Cohen held us rapt with daring
and undaunted performances"
Hilary Finch, The Times
Waley-Cohen is currently associate artist with Orchestra of the Swan and performs
as a soloist with others including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra
of St John's, London Concert Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra, and the
Brighton Philharmonic, under conductors including Andrew Litton, Jose
Serebrier, Shlomo Mintz and Nicolae Moldoveanu. She has played at the Cadogan,
Queen Elizabeth and Barbican halls in London, Symphony Hall Birmingham,
Bridgewater Hall Manchester, the Liszt Academy Hall, Budapest and in venues
across the UK and the Continent. This season will see
performances at the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, as well as
concerto and chamber music concerts in Italy, France and Sweden,
demand as a recitalist, Tamsin's partners include Huw Watkins, Tom Poster and
Time Horton. She has worked with
artists such as Andreas Haefliger, Heinz Holliger and Anssi Kartonnen and
premiered works by composers including Torsten Rasch and Richard Causton; at a recent Presteigne
festival she gave the premiere of a new "Concertino" written for her
by Huw Watkins. Tamsin values her
experience as a chamber musician and has formed the Honeymead Ensemble, resident at the Tricycle
Theatre in London as well as the Honeymead Festival on Exmoor. In
its first four years it has included Adrian Brendel, Guy Ben-Ziony, Leon
McCauley, Thomas Carroll, and Sarah-Jane Bradley. Tamsin has performed in many
festivals - Cheltenham, Academia San Felice, Florence Chamber Music, The Red
Violin, The Two Moors, Stift and Presteigne, three years ago making her
American debut with the Mendelssohn Concerto in the Bowdoin Festival.
Waley-Cohen was born in London in 1986. She became a Foundation Scholar,
studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky, at the Royal College of Music where she won
all available awards, including - twice - the concerto competition, and was
their String Player of the Year in 2005. Numerous competition successes include
winning the 2005 Royal Overseas League String Prize and the 2007 J&A Beare
Tamsin has been a regular participant at the
International Musicians' Seminar at Prussia Cove since she was 16. She has also
participated in master classes given by Ida Haendel, Igor Ozim, and Ruggiero
Ricci, the latter describing her as "the most exceptionally gifted young
violinist I have ever encountered."
is the Artistic Director of London's Tricycle Theatre's Chamber Music Series,
and of Music at the Bargello Chamber Music Festival in Florence, Italy. Since
2007 she has played the 1721 ex-Fenyves Stradivarius violin.
"There is no doubt that Tamsin Waley-Cohen is supremely
talented. Her technical mastery is allied to superb musicianship and a luminous
Anna Michel, Musical Pointers.co.uk
"Tamsin Waley-Cohen, the violin soloist for "The
Four Seasons", who seems to be a fixture in Florence (to our great
delight), overwhelmed us with a pressing and strongly felt interpretation of
Vivaldi's music: the countless colours and phrasings required of the soloist,
now elegiac, then virtuoso, now tempestuous, then popular, seem to be part of
the genetic make-up of the young English artist and of her superb instrument ... the utter tenderness of the Winter's middle movement was one of the most
moving moments of these Seasons"
Another fantastic concert from Charities Philharmonia. The evening began with Bartok's Rhapsody No.1 for Violin and Orchestra.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen poured sweetness into Bartok's customary ragged, biting
sound-world, also coaxing humour from the piece with a broad palate of muted
and luminous tones. Prokofiev's 1st Violin Concerto was on another level, both
as a piece and as a performance. Prokofiev seems to be wryly testing the
violinist in the opening few bars: just how softly, how breathlessly can you
play this? Waley-Cohen answered in a whisper ... but for all the bravura and
show-stopping electricity, Waley-Cohen manages to root her sound within the
orchestra, never dominating it or overpowering it."
Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion
"The sheer professionalism, dedication and joy in
playing of Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) and Gregorio Nardi, (piano) was
exemplary. . . Frederick Delius's "Sonata in B Major" begins like a
new dawn-fresh-with a flowing melodic line and full rich piano accompaniment. .
. Tamsin's beautiful tone, perfect
vibrato and intense feeling would have won the admiration of Delius himself a
Jill Bacon, Gloucestershire Echo
"With playing that emphasized inherent musicality over
the display of virtuoso technique for its own sake Waley-Cohen proved a
persuasive and enchanting soloist. . . .In respect of the tone Waley-Cohen
produced, this was possessed of an unforced singing quality that was notable in
the higher register, which contrasted well with the rich chest voice of her
instrument's lower ranges."
Evan Dickerson, Seen and Heard International