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 enjoys an adventurous and varied career and is delighted to be announced as a Wigmore Emerging Artist for season 2015-2016. She has performed with major UK orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Orchestra of the Swan (with whom she returns as Associate Artist in the 2015/16 season), under conductors including Andrew Litton, Jose Serebrier, Tamas Vasary and Nicolae Moldoveanu. Tamsin has also performed with orchestras from around the world including Budapest Philharmonic, Graz Kammerphilharmonie and Chapelle Musicale de Tournai, with performances taking her across Europe, New Zealand, and the USA. Future engagements include performances with the Hungarian Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Vasary, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia with Grzegorz Nowak and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in New Zealand.
Tamsin has been selected for the prestigious European Concert Halls Organisation’s Rising Stars programme for the 2016/17 season, chosen by Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall. Tamsin is the only British artist nominated for this season, and she will be embarking upon a prestigious European tour.
Tamsin is a Signum Artist for Signum Records. Her most recent solo disc is ‘SOLI’, a disc of works exploring post-1944 solo repertoire, which was claimed to be “as fine as any on record… it succeeds utterly” by Classical Music Magazine.
Tamsin continues to strengthen her duo relationship with pianist Huw Watkins, and their latest disc of works for violin and piano by Hahn and Szymanowski was described as “radiant and soaring” by the Sunday Times. Her next orchestral recording will be of violin concertos by Harris and Adams, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton.
Tamsin is Artistic Director for the Sunday Series at London’s Tricycle Theatre (for which she was named one of Evening Standard’s 1000 most influential Londoners), and Honeymead Festival on Exmoor. She is also a member of the acclaimed London Bridge Trio with whom she has recently recorded the Dvorak piano quartets for the Champs Hill label.
Tamsin has a strong interest in contemporary music, which has led to her forging strong relationships with composers, including premiering works by Dobrinka Tabakova, Huw Watkins, Torsten Rasch, Joseph Phibbs, and Richard Causton. Together with her sister, the composer Freya Waley-Cohen, she has embarked upon a residency at Aldeburgh for a project exploring the relationship between sound and space.
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 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."
Since 2007 she has played the 1721 ex-Fenyves Stradivarius violin.