Tasmin Little

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.

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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’s concerto appearances include those with Adelaide Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bournemouth Symphony, Berlin Symphoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, 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.

Tasmin’s multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, masterclasses, workshops and community outreach work, and her discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire.

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 most recent releases for Chandos include a disc of British orchestral works including violin concerti by Coleridge Taylor and Haydn Wood and the Delius Suite with the BBC Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis, a British Violin Sonatas disc of works by Ferguson, Britten and Walton with Piers Lane, a French Violin Sonatas disc of sonatas by Lekeu, Ravel and Faure with Martin Roscoe, and a 2 CD-set of Schubert Chamber Works with Tim Hugh and Piers Lane. In February 2016, Tasmin will release a triple CD of the complete sonatas by Beethoven with Martin Roscoe, which will be launched with a concert at London’s Wigmore Hall. Further awards 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, and a Gold Badge Award for Services to Music.

The 2015/2016 season includes a return visit to Warsaw to play the Szymanowski Violin Concerto no.2 with the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, a performance of Bernstein’s Serenade for violin and orchestra with the BBC Phiharmonic conducted by Juanjo Mena, concerti with the Philharmonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s South Bank and elsewhere in the UK. Overseas, Tasmin will give concerts in Australia in Sydney and at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. Next season, Tasmin will play Walton concerto with Osmo Vanska and the London Philharmonic at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Szymanowski’s 2nd concerto with Ed Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, as well as a further visit to Australia to play concerti in Adelaide and Tasmania.

Tasmin Little is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, an Ambassador for Youth Music, and has received Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Bradford, Leicester, Hertfordshire and City of London. In June 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 can be followed on Twitter@tasminlittle. (https://twitter.com/tasminlittle)

Valid to September 2016


Future Vision

“My ideas for the future include recording repertoire that I have not yet committed to disc – the Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn concerti are particular favourites of the standard repertoire; but I am also fascinated by the music of Piazzolla, in addition to enjoying the excitement of new commissions, such as the set of Four Seasons which Roxanna Panufnik is writing for me.

I would enjoy expanding my Naked Violin concerts and workshops abroad, as I have already started to do in China, USA, Australia and New Zealand. I love introducing audiences of all ages to classical violin music and this is something which has given me great satisfaction since I began the project nearly three years ago.

As far as my first “love” is concerned – playing romantic concerti with great symphony orchestras – I look back on my debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Carnegie Hall concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic as some of the most exciting concerts of my life. However, even in this area there are still mountains I’d like to climb. For example, I have never played in the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony are only two of the many superb US orchestras with whom I would enjoy collaborating in the future.

Thinking of new ideas and challenges is one of the ways I remain fresh in performance and excited about my life as a musician!”

Tasmin Little.


..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.

The Strad

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