Well established in Europe and Australia as leader/soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Marwood is quickly developing a singular North American presence, both as a soloist and as a leader who directs from the violin.
Thomas Ades wrote his violin concerto “Concentric Paths” for Anthony Marwood, who premiered it in Berlin and at the BBC Proms; also first performances in Paris, St. Petersburg and, stateside, in Boston and Los Angeles with the composer conducting. They made a much acclaimed recording of it together in 2010. Steve Mackey has also written for Marwood, who performed Mackey’s “Beautiful Passing” Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony and David Robertson, who invited him to Sydney and Vienna last season for performances of the colorful, expressive work. Mackey wrote “Four Iconoclastic Episodes” (for violin, electric guitar and orchestra) for Marwood and, this season, Marwood premieres a violin concerto Samuel Carl Adams is writing for him with the Berkeley Symphony.
Marwood has established an ongoing relationship with Les Violons du Roy where he has guested the last two seasons and to which he returns to lead and play a program of Enesco, Dvorak, and Suk in May 2014. He returns also to the St. Louis Symphony this season to lead an all-Mozart subscription week, and recently led a split week with the Vancouver Symphony featuring Mozart Violin Concerto No. 2, Rameau’s Suite from Dardanus and Haydn’s Symphony No. 44.
Anthony Marwood tours the U.S., Asia, and Europe with his recital partner Alexander Madzar, including their 3 part recital series of the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas at Wigmore Hall, recorded on the Wigmore Hall Live label. With Thomas Ades, Marwood toured the complete music of Stravinsky for piano and violin, recorded for Hyperion in 2010. His most recent Hyperion recordings include the Schumann and Britten Violin Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony.
A remarkable highlight of Anthony Marwood’s career onstage was his boundary bursting brilliant portrayal of the title role in Stravinksy’s “A Soldier’s Tale,” direct by Lawrence Evans. Touring the U.K., his performance was named one of the cultural highlights of the year by the Daily Telegraph.
Marwood was the sole violinist of the Florestan Trio for its 16th-year span, and Artistic Director and leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra from 2006 to 2011. The Royal Philharmonic Society named him Instrumentalist of the Year in 2006. Through the generosity of a syndicate of purchasers, he plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin.