Young British Violinist, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Selected as Town Hall Symphony Hall’s ECHO Rising Star for 2016

Young British Violinist, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, has been selected by Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall to be the British nomination for the prestigious European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars programme in the 2016/17 season.

Approaching its 20th season, the 2015/16 ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) Rising Stars series presents exceptionally talented young musicians, hand-picked by the directors of Europe’s great concert halls and offered a prestigious European recital tour. Town Hall & Symphony Hall are founding members of ECHO and the Rising Stars series forms part of its commitment to nurturing young talent.

Birmingham audiences will have a number of opportunities to hear Tamsin Waley-Cohen play at Town Hall ahead of her 2016/17 Rising Stars tour when she performs as a guest soloist with Orchestra of the Swan:

7 October – Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
11 November – Bach Violin in E Major and Bach Double Violin Concerto
13 April 2016 – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Richard Hawley, Head of Artistic Programming at Town Hall Symphony Hall, commented:
Tamsin Waley-Cohen is one of the most inspiring of Britain’s younger violinists and I am delighted that we are able to support her ongoing development through this prestigious European concert hall tour. Already well known to Birmingham audiences for her concerts here over recent years, audiences will have the benefit of getting to know her talents over a prolonged period through her three forthcoming performances with Orchestra of the Swan as part of their Associate Artist relationship with Town Hall.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen added,
I am thrilled to be Town Hall Symphony Hall’s nomination for ECHO Rising Stars in 2016/17 and am looking forward to visiting all of these great concert halls. It is also really pleasing to have the opportunity to play at Town Hall with Orchestra of the Swan during their coming season in front of their loyal audiences


About Tamsin Waley-Cohen
Described by The Times as a violinist “who held us rapt in daring and undaunted performances” and by The Guardian as a performer of “fearless intensity”, Tamsin Waley-Cohen has performed with Orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan (with whom she returns as Associate Artist in 15/16 season), Bath Philharmonia, Budapest Philharmonic, Graz Kammerphilharmonie and Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, under conductors including; Andrew Litton, Jose Serebrier, Tamas Vasary, Shlomo Mintz and Nicolae Moldoveanu. Performances have taken her across Europe, New Zealand and to the USA, playing in venues such as the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, the Great Hall, Liszt Academy and in other venues across the UK and the continent.

In demand as a recitalist, Tamsin enjoys a duo partnership with pianist Huw Watkins, with whom she has released three CD recordings. Her love of chamber music led her to form the Honeymead Ensemble (resident at the Tricycle Theatre in London) as well as the Honeymead Festival on Exmoor. She is also Artistic Director of the Sunday Series at London’s Tricycle Theatre, for which she was named one of Evening Standard’s 1000 most influential Londoners and she was Artistic Director of Music at the Bargello Chamber Music Festival in Florence, Italy in 2011-2012.
She is a member of the acclaimed London Bridge Trio with whom she has recently recorded the Dvorak piano quartets for the Champs Hill label. Tamsin Waley-Cohen was born in London in 1986. Since 2007 she has played the 1721 ex-Fenyves Stradivarius violin.

About ECHO Rising Stars
Each year the European Concert Hall Organisation selects a group of outstanding artists to become its Rising Stars. The selected Rising Stars perform a concert tour across the halls of the ECHO network. The ECHO Rising Stars series has existed since 1995 and has shaped the musical careers of many of today’s world class artists.
The aim of the Rising Stars series is to bring young and exceptional young artists to new international audiences. The selected artists are offered unparalleled performance opportunities to present musical programmes of their choosing in the major concert halls of Europe. The focus of the series is musical excellence; the artists presented in the series are the best in their chosen field and are hand-selected by the Artistic Directors of our member halls.
About the European Concert Halls Association (ECHO)
The European Concert Hall organisation constitutes a platform for open exchange and for joint thinking on the opportunities, developments and shared challenges central to the lives of concert halls in the 21st century. The ECHO member halls come together to learn from, and be inspired by each other and to initiate ambitious international shared initiatives.
As individual institutions the ECHO halls demonstrate huge variety – both artistically and organisationally – but what unites us is a shared ambition to present the highest quality performances to the widest possible audiences. All of the ECHO halls are producing institutions and demonstrate a high level of artistic integrity presenting a significant level of ‘own productions’ in the performance series we offer.
The ECHO members also stand for a constant reflection on our work and role as concert halls, on our relationships to our buildings, our artists, our audiences, our politics and our society.

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