Columbus Symphony Orchestra Guest Artists

Anthony Marwood


Well established in Europe and Australia as leader/soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Norwegian and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, Camerata Bern, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Marwood is quickly developing a singular North American presence, both as a soloist and as a leader who directs from the violin.

In March 2015, Anthony Marwood was named Principal Artistic Partner of Les Violons du Roy, where he has been a frequent guest soloist/leader since 2011 in an eclectic mix of Baroque, Classical and contemporary programs.  The new appointment in Quebec is effective in the fall of 2015 for a term of three seasons.   In 2015/16 he returns to lead and solo in a subscription week with the St. Louis Symphony, and to A Far Cry in Boston for centenniel performances of Bernstein's Serenade.  At the New World Symphony, he is a guest soloist in the Ades Violin Cto,  a work written for Anthony which he premiered with the composer conducting in Berln, Los Angeles, and Boston.  

Steve Mackey has also written for Marwood, who performed Mackey’s “Beautiful Passing” Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony and David Robertson, who invited him to Sydney and Vienna for performances of the colorful, expressive work. Mackey wrote “Four Iconoclastic Episodes” (for violin, electric guitar and orchestra) for Marwood and, last season, Samuel Carl Adams wrote a new concerto for him, which Marwood premiered with the Berkeley Symphony. As a soloist, Marwood has appeared with the BBC Symphony, London Mozart Players, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinonietta, et al.

Anthony Marwood tours the U.S., Asia, and Europe with his recital partner Alexander Madzar, including their 3 part recital series of the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas at Wigmore Hall, recorded on the Wigmore Hall Live label, which also recently released their recording of Schumann's violin sonatas.  With Thomas Ades, Marwood toured the complete music of Stravinsky for piano and violin, recorded for Hyperion in 2010. Other chamber partners include Martin Fröst, Marc-André Hamelin, and Steven Isserlis.  His most recent Hyperion recordings include the Schumann and Britten Violin Concerti with the BBC Scottish Symphony. 

In the summer season, Marwood is a regular guest and teacher at Yellow Barn Music School and Festival and at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.  He is co-founder of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex, England.

A remarkable highlight of Anthony Marwood’s career onstage was his boundary bursting brilliant portrayal of the title role in Stravinksy’s “A Soldier’s Tale,” directed by Lawrence Evans. Touring the U.K., his performance was named one of the cultural highlights of the year by the Daily Telegraph. 

Marwood was the sole violinist of the Florestan Trio for its 16th-year span, and Artistic Director and leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra from 2006 to 2011. The Royal Philharmonic Society named him Instrumentalist of the Year in 2006. Through the generosity of a syndicate of purchasers, he plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin.