Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.
Tasmin Little has firmly established herself as one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, Vienna Konzerthaus, South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Suntory Hall.
Tasmin’s concerto appearances include those with Adelaide Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bournemouth Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra, Poland, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto – Casa da Musica, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Singapore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, West Australian Symphony and all the BBC Orchestras.
Her multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, master classes, workshops and community outreach work. Tasmin’s discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous World Premiere performances including concerti by Willem Jeths, Robin de Raaf, Stuart MacRae, Robert Saxton and Dominic Muldowney. Her newly commissioned work, Four World Seasons by Roxanna Panufnik, was premiered as a live broadcast on the BBC at the start of Music Nation weekend, leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. She remains one of the few violinists to perform Ligeti’s challenging Violin Concerto and has performed this work at the Berlin Philharmonie, New York Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Kimmel Center.
Tasmin enjoys a very active recital life that sees her performing at all the major festivals and venues throughout the United Kingdom including BBC broadcast recitals from The Wigmore Hall and Cheltenham Festival. She is a returning recital and chamber music artist at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville, has performed recital tours for Chamber Music New Zealand, and recent international recitals include those at Hong Kong City Hall, as part of the inaugural season of “Music in the Studio” Dubai, at the Presidential Palace, Malta, for the Newport, Eastern Music and Chauttauqua International Music Festivals, USA, for the Delius Society, Philadelphia, and for the International Festival, Godella, Spain.
Tasmin is an exclusive recording artist for Chandos Records. Her recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra garnered outstanding critical acclaim and was awarded the Critic’s Choice Award in the 2011 Classic BRIT Awards. Her recording of the Britten Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic, released in 2013, also received lavish critical praise – “one of the finest (versions) committed to disc”, “a rapturous disc”, “an incandescent commitment to the work”, “her virtuosity is breathtaking”.
Other releases for Chandos include a disc of British orchestral works of violin concerti by Coleridge Taylor and Haydn Wood and the Delius Suite with the BBC Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis, a French Violin Sonatas disc of sonatas by Lekeu, Ravel and Fauré with Martin Roscoe, a British Violin Sonatas disc of works by Ferguson, Britten and Walton with Piers Lane, and a 2 CD-set of Schubert Chamber Works with Tim Hugh and Piers Lane. In February 2016, Tasmin released a highly-acclaimed triple CD of the complete Beethoven sonatas with Martin Roscoe, which was launched following a concert at London’s Wigmore Hall. The Sunday Times chose this recording as its Album of the Week – “Neither artist has done anything finer on disc.
More recently Tasmin returned to the studio to record several further discs to add to her ever expanding discography for Chandos. The first, the World Premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Four World Seasons written for Tasmin and coupled with Vivaldi Four Seasons and recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is widely hailed by critics for its ‘virtuosity’, ‘vivid sense of character’ and ‘lustrous tone’ (Gramophone). The second, a disc of Franck, Szymanowski and Fauré with pianist Piers Lane is lauded by audiences and press alike for its ‘impassioned performances’, ‘yearning melody’ and ‘energy and poetry’ (The Observer). The Violin Concertos by Szymanowski and Fauré was added as a much acclaimed album release this season and, most recently Tasmin and Piers Lane released their much anticipated Brahms, Three Violin Sonata.
Album awards also include a Gramophone Award for Audience Innovation for her ground-breaking musical outreach programme, The Naked Violin, a Diapason d’Or for her disc of Delius Violin Sonatas with Piers Lane.
In her homeland, Tasmin returns regularly to the UK orchestras, recent performance including those with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Walton violin concerts with Osmo Vånska, Szymanowksi violin concerto no.2 with Edward Gardner at the Barbican Centre, Tchaikowsky violin concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall and with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
In 2008, Tasmin launched her project, The Naked Violin, aimed at breaking down barriers to classical music by releasing a free CD for download on her website, and performing in the community where music is rarely heard. Within days of the CD release, 6,500 websites had linked to Tasmin’s site and within a few months, more than half a million people had visited and downloaded. The project was filmed for television by ITV’s The South Bank Show and continues both in UK and has toured in America, China, New Zealand, Ireland and United Arab Emirates (Dubai).
Tasmin Little is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (FGSM), a Vice President of the Elgar Society, an Ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, and for Youth Music, and has received Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Bradford, Leicester, Hertfordshire and City of London. In 2016, she was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon RAM) by the Academy and the University of London. Tasmin is the recipient of the Gold Badge Award for Services to Music.
In 2012, Tasmin Little was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List, for Services to Music. She plays a 1757 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin.
Tasmin Little can be followed on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tasminlittle
Tasmin’s website is at: http://www.tasminlittle.org.uk
Last edited: April 2018
..this is a simply magnificent recording which it would be impossible to improve upon.
Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review
..Little's interpretation strikes me as one of the finest committed to disc.
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times
CD of the Week. Perhaps the best new recording thus far of Benjamin Britten's centenary year.
David Mellor, Mail on Sunday
Any doubt as to Tasmin LIttle's identification with this music (Lutoslawski) is quickly banished as she responds with some of her most insightful as well as virtuosic playing on disc.
Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review
The BBC SO and Edward Gardner, in the latest of this excellent series, capture the range of moods eloquently. They're joined by Tasmin Little, a powerful soloist in Partita and Chain 2.
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer.
The performance was one of the glories of the season...which then allowed her intoxicating blend of power, passion, poetry and drop-dead beautiful playing to conjure a magic that just let the music flow.
Elgar Violin Concerto/Tasmin/RSNO/Sir Andrew Davis. Michael Tumelty/Herald Scotland
For sheer beauty of tone and expressive nostalgia, Tasmin Little and Sir Andrew Davis out-Elgar their rivals.
Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph
It is easy to take Little for granted, but her performance of the Elgar showed how she has developed into a player of a different league from most of her British colleagues. It was an elating performances that well illustrated the alchemy of combining both technical and musical virtuosity.
Little is tender, velvet, winsome, always beguiling, never de trop, with complete mastery of the pianissimo caress - a gift essential for the slow movement's intimacies and the finale;s stupendous accompanied cadenza....Little couldn't be cold if she tried, she knows just how to make her violin sing.
Geoff Brown, The Times
Tasmin Little has made a speciality of the Delius.....it also had a sense of something intimate and personal...ably abetted by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, in a performance that should have convinced some of those listening to seek it out again.
Delius Violin Concerto/Tasmin/RLPO/Vasily Petrenko. Tim Homfrey/The Strad