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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Biography

Tasmin’s 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 “Four World Seasons” by Roxanna Panufnik, and concerti by Willem Jeths, Robin de Raaf, Stuart MacRae, Robert Saxton, Dominic Muldowney. She remains one of the few violinists to perform Ligeti’s challenging Violin Concerto.

In 2011, Tasmin began an exclusive recording contract with Chandos Records. She has recorded a total of 44 CDs, of which 23 have been with Chandos. 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 also received lavish critical praise – “one of the finest (versions) committed to disc”, “a rapturous disc”, “her virtuosity is breathtaking”. Her recording of a triple CD of the complete Beethoven sonatas with Martin Roscoe led The Sunday Times to choose this recording as its Album of the Week – “Neither artist has done anything finer on disc”. Recently, she recorded the World Premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Four World Seasons written for her and recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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. The project reached half a million people and was filmed for television by ITV’s The South Bank Show.

Tasmin Little is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (FGSM), a Vice President of the Elgar Society, Ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, and for Youth Music, and has received Honorary Degrees from the Universities including Bradford, Leicester, Hertfordshire, City of London, and West London. In 2016, she was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon RAM). Tasmin is the recipient of the Gold Badge Award for Services to Music, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Music.

At the beginning of 2019, Tasmin made the announcement that, after more than 30 years on the concert platform, giving nearly 2,000 performances, she has decided to hang up her concert gowns in Summer 2020 to pursue new directions.

“My performing career has taken me to every continent of the globe, to most of the major concert halls with a fantastic array of international orchestras and conductors. For three decades, I have enjoyed very special partnerships with Piers Lane, Martin Roscoe and John Lenehan. I have given hundreds of presentations in schools and have had wonderful opportunities for 10 years to visit numerous small communities far and wide with my Naked Violin project. I have made 45 recordings, appeared on many television programmes, written countless articles and given something in the region of 1,000 interviews for radio, TV, magazines and newspapers.”

In December 2019, Tasmin accepted the role of Co-President of The Yehudi Menuhin School with Daniel Barenboim.
 

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

 

Reviews

..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