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Madeleine Mitchell, Violin and Aileen Chanco, Piano
October 10, 2023
Madeleine Mitchell, Violin and Aileen Chanco, Piano

Franck Bridge: Melodie 

Joseph Horovitz: Dybbuk Melody for Solo Violin

Wendy Hiscocks: Caprice for Solo Violin

Joseph Joachim: Romance Op.2, No.1

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No.3 in D Minor, Op.108

Howard Blake: The Ice Princess and the Snowman (arr for MM) *

Howard celebrates his 85th birthday on 28 October.

Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as ‘one of the UK’s liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists’. She has performed as a solo violinist and chamber musician in 50 countries with a wide repertoire, frequently broadcast for radio and TV, in major festivals including the BBC Proms. Her latest album Violin Conversations, released by Naxos, has received critical acclaim and includes premiere recordings of works mostly by living UK composers including Thea Musgrave the Australian British Wendy Hiscocks, and works written for her by Errollyn Wallen, Martin Butler, Richard Blackford, Howard Blake and American composers Douglas Knehans and Kevin Malone.

Madeleine Mitchell has performed concertos with orchestras including the Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, Kyiv Radio/TV, St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil, and for the BBC, most recently recording live with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales the Grace Williams Violin Concerto for BBC Radio 3 and Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending. She has been invited to tour Japan, performing Bruch Violin Concerto in Tokyo.

As a recording artist with an acclaimed discography, Madeleine has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards. Many well-known composers have written works specially for her which she’s recorded including Sir James MacMillan and Michael Nyman.  Her popular albums include Violin Songs and Violin Muse (with Guto Puw Violin Concerto written for her, with BBC NOW conducted by Edwin Outwater) as well as FiddleSticks – with Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra. Mitchell’s Naxos album of Grace Williams Chamber Music with her London Chamber Ensemble was no.2 in the Classical Charts. Her recording of the Suite written for her by Robert Saxton, premiered at Three Choirs Festival, with Clare Hammond, was released last year.

Madeleine is known for her creative projects and programming. Her ‘Century of Music by UK Women’ 1921-2021, for International Women’s Day with her London Chamber Ensemble was widely featured in the national media. Last year she won a Royal Philharmonic Society award for making a short film with the V&A Fabergé exhibition and the live concert she curated with the London Chamber Ensemble which she founded:

In recital, Madeleine Mitchell represented Britain in the Canberra International Music Festival,  UKinNY at Lincoln Center, for the Queen’s Jubilee in Rome and ‘Great British Week’ in Kuwait. She has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts – part of a 3-month world tour, in Vienna, Moscow, and Singapore as well as Wigmore Hall and London’s Southbank Centre.

Amongst many awards, Madeleine won the Tagore Gold Medal as a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, where she is now a Professor, followed by the prestigious Fulbright/ITT Fellowship to study in New York for a Master’s Degree at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She frequently returns to tour the USA and following standing ovations for her recitals in San Francisco and Texas in January she returns to San Francisco, UCI, Kansas, and Boston in October 2023.

A highly creative personality, Madeleine devised the eclectic Red Violin, the first festival celebrating the violin across the arts, Founder Patron Lord Menuhin. She gives master classes worldwide and is on the faculty of in the Dolomites and, performing and teaching.

From the time pianist Aileen Chanco made her stunning debut with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of thirteen, she has continued to enthrall audiences and critics alike with her instinctive brand of virtuosity and sensitivity. She caught the notice of then up-and-coming conductor, Kent Nagano who chose her to solo with him during an engagement with the Boston Pops. After the success of this East Coast debut, Aileen was named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts and presented with a medal at the White House by the President, following which she made her debut at the Kennedy Center.

Determined to pursue a career as a performing artist, Aileen immersed herself in musical studies with Herbert Stessin at the Juilliard School where she received both her Bachelors’s and Master’s degrees in Music. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Concerts have included performances in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Cultural Center for the Performing Arts in the Philippines. She has performed with orchestras including the Shreveport, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, York Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, and Berkeley Symphony Orchestra among others. Appearances with festival orchestras have included the Banff Festival Chamber Orchestra in Canada, the Desert Music Festival Orchestra of Arizona, and the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in California.

In 2003, Aileen made a highly anticipated return to the Philippines, the land of her birth to debut with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra. “We were unbelievably awed by her rare expressive musicality. Her performance is something the Manila audience at the Philam Life Theater will never forget – it was a shining moment for our country.” –THE MANILA TIMES. The collaboration was so successful that Aileen returned at the request of the Cultural Center of the Philippines to perform the Philippine premiere of John Adam’s “Century Rolls” with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Her performance was hailed as a tremendous achievement” and critics described her as an “astonishing pianist”.

Aileen has received numerous awards and honors including first place in the Young Keyboard Artist International Competition, the Pepsi-Cola Young Artist Competition, and the Seventeen Magazine-General Motors National Concerto Competition. She was a recipient of the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Award and she is an alumnus of the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Banff Centre Resident Artist Program, the Moscow Conservatory in America, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Aileen resides in California with her husband, double bassist Bill Everett. She is both founder and Artistic Director of Music at the Mission Concert Series whose performances are held in one of California’s famous historic missions, Mission San Jose. Her passions are traveling, hiking fencing.