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Madeleine Mitchell

MMus (Eastman USA), GRSM, ARCM (Perf hons), ARCM (Teacher's hons) FRSA, FISM

Madeleine Mitchell has a distinguished career as violin soloist, chamber musician, dedicated teacher and artistic director. She has performed in some 50 countries and made many recordings and broadcasts, whilst making a regular commitment to her RCM teaching.

2019 saw the release by Naxos, of Madeleine’s major research project to record the unpublished and unrecorded chamber music of Grace Williams (1906-77), who studied composition at the RCM with Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob, with the London Chamber Ensemble which she founded and directs. This was Guardian CD of the Week on release and no.2 in the Classical Charts. Madeleine will be touring and recording Grace Williams Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2021. On International Women's Day 8 March 2021, Madeleine directs the LCE in the South Bank International Chamber Season in her programme of a Century of Music by British Women, including the world premiere of the piece she has commissioned from RCM professor Errollyn Wallen CBE.

Madeleine Mitchell has performed concertos with orchestras such as the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Polish Radio and Czech Radio Symphony, Munich and Wurttemberg Chamber, Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Kiev Radio/TV, Bahia Orchestra Brazil and for the BBC. She is a frequent recitalist of all the standard repertoire as well as works written for her by well-known composers. Her recitals have included Lincoln Center (including representing Britain at the festival UKinNY), Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts, and many festivals including the BBC Proms and as Artist-in-Residence at the Canberra International Music Festival. Her recent engagements have included tours of the USA, China, recitals in London at Wigmore Hall, Vienna, Singapore and Moscow, Elgar Violin Concerto in Russia and a violin concerto written for her, recorded live with BBC NOW which featured on her album of world premiere recordings of violin works by established UK composers, accompanied by RCM piano professor, Nigel Clayton and Madeleine's former RCM student Cerys Jones.

Madeleine Mitchell has been a Professor at the RCM since 1994 and served as a member of the RCM Council, elected by the professors, 2013-2016. Her students have won prizes including the Making Music and Park Lane Young Artists' Awards. Recognised as an outstanding all round musician she was appointed Graduate Pathway Leader for Solo/Ensemble students 2000-2011 for which she instigated Performance Seminars. She previously taught undergraduate Practical Skills and has frequently chaired examination panels, coaches chamber music and mentors students in the Centre for Performance Science. She was the violin professor leading on the major EU funded research project, TELMI. Madeleine was a Junior Exhibitioner (on piano and violin) and Foundation Scholar at the RCM, winning the Tagore Gold Medal and other prizes. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow to New York, she was awarded a Master's degree, studying at the Eastman and Juilliard schools, with Dorothy DeLay, Donald Weilerstein and Sylvia Rosenberg as her graduate assistant. She gives master classes worldwide and has given lecture-recitals and lectures including the Institute of Musical Research/CMPCP. She has served on the jury of international competitions and young musicians' awards. She teaches on courses including, Orfeo Music Festival and Language and Music for Life, is Consultant at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London.

Madeleine Mitchell has collaborated with many artists in various chamber groups including quartets, trios, music theatre and two major Arts Council supported projects which she devised with percussion and voices. Her duo with pianist Noriko Ogawa won the GBSF Award. At the beginning of her career she was the violinist/violist in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' seminal group 'The Fires of London'.

Her discography available in the RCM library includes many widely acclaimed recordings: Violin Songs - Classic FM CD of the Week and In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell (by MacMillan, Nyman, Woolrich, Osborne, Woolrich, Elias, Powers, Montague and Jones) both with pianist Andrew Ball; FiddleSticks (Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra etc, shortlisted for Grammy and BBC Music Awards), Violin Muse, three albums for Naxos - Alwyn Chamber Music and the violin music of Howard Blake with the composer; British Treasures - romantic early 20th-century violin sonatas; Hummel violin sonatas, Frank Bridge chamber music and Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time in the group she formed with Joanna MacGregor - the widely recommended recording. Her recording of MacMillan's Motet with solo violin was BBC Music Magazine's CD of the Month. She has also recorded music for films and television.

Known for her creative programming, Madeleine Mitchell founded the eclectic international Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin's patronage, with Ida Haendel subsequently as Hon President, celebrating the fiddle across the arts, receiving wide media coverage and featuring several RCM violinists and RCM archive portraits, for which she was shortlisted for both Creative Briton and European Women of Achievement Awards. It takes place again in Leeds as part of the European City of Culture 2023.

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Madeleine Mitchell

Violin professor