Violin

Tamsin Waley-Cohen


Described by the Guardian as a performer of "fearless intensity", young British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is one of the ECHO Rising Stars of the 2016/17 season.
The only British artist selected for the prestigious programme of the European Concert Halls Organisation, she will embark on a major tour to Europe’s foremost concert halls, including Musikverein in Vienna, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Barbican in London and Philharmonie in Cologne. The tour will begin with her return to Birmingham Symphony Hall – the venue that nominated her for the programme. Her recital programme will include a new work by Oliver Knussen, written for Tamsin Waley-Cohen and commissioned by the ECHO Rising Stars programme. One of the Wigmore Hall’s “Emerging Artists” of the 2015/2016 season, she has already performed with major UK orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and this season will see her debut with the Hallé Orchestra, with whom she will perform the Tchaikovsky concerto with Stephen Bell. She will also make her debut with the with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen performs at the Royal Albert Hall

12 Apr 2017

Tamsin Waley-Cohen is one of the star soloists appearing at this spring’s Classic FM Live series at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 April. She will be performing Vaughan Williams' The Lark...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen debuts with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

27 Mar 2017

Tamsin Waley-Cohen will be making her debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of RLPO's Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko. They will perform two concerts, starting at...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen continues Echo Rising Stars tour in 2017

09 Jan 2017

From January and until the end of May 2017, Tamsin Waley-Cohen continues her Echo Rising Stars tour appearances with further debuts in major European concert halls in Paris, Hamburg, Lisbon and...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen debuts with the Hallé Orchestra

23 Nov 2016

Under the baton of conductor Stephen Bell, Tamsin Waley-Cohen will make her debut with the Hallé Orchestra on 1 December, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto at The Bridgewater Hall in...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen debuts in major European Halls for ECHO Rising Stars Tour

20 Oct 2016

Tamsin Waley-Cohen embarks on the first part of a major European tour this November within the ECHO Rising Stars series. Joined by regular duo partner Huw Watkins on piano, Tamsin will make her...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen embarks on the Echo Rising Stars Tour with Birmingham Town Hall recital

30 Sep 2016

Tamsin Waley-Cohen begins her Echo Rising Stars tour on Monday 3 October in Birmigham’s Town Hall, the venue which nominated her. Tamsin is the only British artist to be selected for this...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen releases disc of Harris & Adams Violin Concertos with the BBC Symphony

13 Sep 2016

Tamsin Waley-Cohen has recorded a new disc of Roy Harris and John Adams Violin Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton. The recording will be released on...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen to perform at West Cork Chamber Music Festival

27 Jun 2016

This July, Tamsin Waley-Cohen will perform six concerts at the renowned West Cork Chamber Music Festival. She begins on...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen to perform at the Istanbul and Aldeburgh Music Festivals

01 Jun 2016

On 3 June, Tamsin Waley-Cohen joins Orchestra of the Swan and conductor David Curtis at the 44th Istanbul Music Festival. Performing at the Hagia Eirene Museum, in a concert entitled A...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen to perform at Grammofy launch

17 May 2016

Tamsin Waley-Cohen will perform works by Messager, Gershwin, Milhaud, Debussy and Elgar on 19 May, accompanied by pianist James Baillieu and clarinettist Julian Bliss, for the launch of new...

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“Oliver Knussen’s eight-minute Reflection (2016), for violin and piano, had its London premiere from Tamsin Waley-Cohen and James Baillieu, superb players both. With its stylistic assurance and fresh-sounding impressionism ... it seemed a piece long present in the canon.”

Paul Driver, The Sunday Times - Mar 2017

“One of this year’s [Rising Stars] artists is the terrific British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen …  In a programme that included a febrile and rhapsodic account of Poulenc’s Violin Sonata, Waley-Cohen gave the London premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Reflection ... this beautifully crafted eight-minute work is made of tiny aural brushstrokes suggesting water: ripples mirroring each other and bursting out in expression and ecstatic high lines.”

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer - Feb 2017

“During the orchestral introduction, the soloist visibly entered into the soundworld, and this was echoed in the later orchestra-only sections, when her body language showed she was living the music with them. In every sense of the word, there was harmony between all players, a great feeling of supporting each other. The whole concerto was a triumph, but special mention goes to her pin-drop cadenza in the first movement, with eloquent silences and an exciting sense of anticipation. Affectionate applause was followed by Waley-Cohen's exquisite encore in the shape of J.S. Bach's Sarabande”

David Mellor, Bachtrack

“Tamsin Waley-Cohen held us rapt with daring and undaunted performances”

Hilary Finch, The Times

“Waley-Cohen had shown what a fine player she was, projecting George Benjamin’s Three Miniatures, Richard Causton’s new Fantasia and Air and Fernyhough’s daunting Intermedio alla Ciaconna with fearless intensity”

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

“Young Artist to Watch - Great playing from the very talented Tamsin Waley-Cohen. This really highlights the talent of the next generation of virtuosi.”

David Mellor, Classic FM

“... her sense of line and capacity to make things happen are both beautiful and strikingly individual ... The Lark Ascending's opening solo searches out an extreme degree of musical space in a way that's at once daring and mesmerising.”

BBC Music Magazine

“Tamsin Waley-Cohen launches into Szymanowski’s Sonata with gusto, her bow rasping on the string in the composer’s passionate flights, her sound meltingly beautiful and fragile in his graceful melodies. She has a potent rhetorical style, moving neatly from dramatic flourishes and cadenzas into gentle lyricism.”

The Strad

“Her playing reminded me of that of the great Arthur Grumiaux; a higher compliment is impossible.”

Declan Townsend, The Examiner, Ireland

“Miss Waley-Cohen charmed us throughout the evening with a Beethoven that was passionate and elegant, full of a liberty and grace we haven’t heard for a long, long time”

Massimo Crispi, Una Voce Poco Fa, Italy

“Waley-Cohen's playing is radiant and soaring”

The Sunday Times on Tamsin's Hahn/Szymanowski disc

“.. superlative performances of Vaughan Williams. The Lark Ascending ... Highly recommended.”

Northern Echo

“Waley-Cohen brings such intimacy to her performances that at times one could believe her 1721 Stradivarius was a breathing organism”

New Zealand Herald on Tamsin's Hahn/Szymanowski disc

“The most exceptionally gifted young violinist I have ever encountered”

Ruggiero Ricci, violinist

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Described by the Guardian as a performer of "fearless intensity", young British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is one of the ECHO Rising Stars of the 2016/17 season.

The only British artist selected for the prestigious programme of the European Concert Halls Organisation, she will embark on a major tour to Europe’s foremost concert halls, including Musikverein in Vienna, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Barbican in London and Philharmonie in Cologne. The tour will begin with her return to Birmingham Symphony Hall – the venue that nominated her for the programme. Her recital programme will include a new work by Oliver Knussen, written for Tamsin Waley-Cohen and commissioned by the ECHO Rising Stars programme.

One of the Wigmore Hall’s “Emerging Artists” of the 2015/2016 season, she has already performed with major UK orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and this season will see her debut with the Hallé Orchestra, with whom she will perform the Tchaikovsky concerto with Stephen Bell. She will also make her debut with the with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Internationally, she has performed with the Budapest Philharmonic, Graz Kammerphilharmonie and Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, and was Associate Artist with the Orchestra of the Swan throughout the 2015/16 season.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen is a recording artist for Signum Records. Her most recent release is a recording of American violin concertos by John Adams and Roy Harris, for which she has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton. Her most recent solo disc ‘SOLI’, explores post-1944 solo repertoire. Tamsin collaborates closely with composer-pianist Huw Watkins, and together with him, she has released discs with works for violin and piano by Hahn and Szymanowski, a disc with works written in the year 1917 and an French-American recital including works by Gershwin, Poulenc, Ives and Ravel.

With her insatiable artistic curiosity, Tamsin Waley-Cohen’s activities span a wide range and include the Artistic Directorship for the Sunday Series at London’s Tricycle Theatre, as well as the Honeymead Festival on Exmoor. She has a strong interest in contemporary music, which has led to strong relationships with composers including Dobrinka Tabakova, Huw Watkins, Torsten Rasch, Joseph Phibbs, and Richard Causton. Together with her sister, the composer Freya Waley-Cohen, and the architects Finbarr O’Dempsey and Andrew Skulina, she is involved in a project called Permutations, exploring the relationship between sound and space. Permutations was unveiled in June as part of Aldeburgh Music’s Open Space artist residency programme and will be recorded for future release on Signum Classics. Other projects this season include a four concert residency at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.

Tamsin 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 Bach competition.

Tamsin plays the 1721 ex-Fenyves Stradivarius violin.  

April 2017