Tasmin Little Monday 20th September 2021 at 19:45 (7:45 p.m.)
at Dryburgh Hall, Putney Leisure Centre, London SW15.
Come along for a great evening!
Putney Music writes:
We are delighted to resume our meetings in Dryburgh Hall for the 2021-22 season which starts on Monday 20 September 2021. Our guest for the evening is Tasmin Little OBE who retired from the concert platform last year to devote her time to teaching, mentoring and broadcasting. She will be talking to Peter Avis about her life and career.
music & drama education expo writes:
Join the Fireside Chat with internationally-renowned violinist
Ian Skelly talks to tonight's soloist Víkingur Ólafsson and is joined live by Tasmin Little to discuss tonight's Prom.
Now available on LISTEN AGAIN for 55 days, please click Radio 3 logo.
Tasmin's interval talk starts (move slider forward) at 36:00 min
Tasmin with Yehudi Menuhin
(please click BBC Sounds logo to link to the BBC page)
Released On: 10 Aug 2021
Available for over a year
Yehudi Menuhin was the original child prodigy. He was born in America in 1916, and was soon playing in concert halls round the world. He also played to the survivors of the German concentration camps, and waded into the fight against apartheid in South Africa too. Tasmin Little was a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin school in Surrey, England, and knew her choice well. Not only was he a brilliant performer, she says, he was a crossover star who played with Ravi Shankar, Stephane Grappelli and Morecambe and Wise. You'll also hear from his biographer, Humphrey Burton, and from Yehudi Menuhin too.
Presented by Matthew Parris
BBC PROMS - 1st Night at the Proms -
Friday 30 July 2021
31 July 2021
Loved chatting to Petroc Trelawny last night in the BBC Radio3 box at Royal Albert Hall during the interval - fantastic opening concert now available on BBC Sounds (for another 27 days)
To hear her interview during the interval with Petroc Trelawny please click the Radio 3 logo.
Scroll forward to: 51:32 (Interview ends at 01:07:53)
26/4/2021 Recently released: Two videos from The CHINA CURRENT
The yangqin is a traditional Chinese instrument that originated from Iran when connections created by the Silk Road opened up ideas and cultures. In her first interview as our Music Contributor, international concert violinist Tasmin Little speaks to Reylon Yount, a Chinese American graduate from Harvard who plays the yangqin as a soloist and with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. He recalls his unlikely story with the instrument, which he began learning in San Francisco and later in Beijing where his mother's family are from.
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In this second episode with international concert violinist Tasmin Little and yangqin player Reylon Yount, they explore the relationship between our planet and the music they perform. As one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, China's culture has a strong link to the natural world, from the designs on its traditional instruments, to the melodies that inspired its composers. Tasmin, our new music contributor, draws on Reylon's background as an environment major at Harvard and how he merges this interest with his musical career.
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16 more days available
BBC RADIO 3 - Listen Again
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
(Tasmin Little, Violin)
Ravel Tzigane 10.29
(Tasmin Little, Violin)
Scoll to 54min:30sec to listen to Tasmin playing with the LPO (for 20 more days)
New on YouTube from ABSOLUTE CLASSICS:
"Absolute Classics" writes:
Watch Violinist Tasmin Little perform famous works from Classical composers such as Brahms & Beethoven for our Summer Classical MusicFestival with AbsoluteClassics - accompanied by the sensational Pianist John Lenehan.
Enjoy your very own, uninterrupted, Classical Concert with us and let's keep livemusic alive!
Brahms - FAE Sonata
Beethoven - Sonata No.5, Opus 24 "Spring"
Please click image to open YouTube file.
Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending has topped Classic FM's #HallofFame for 11 years in a row.
Find out why with this full performance by the London Mozart Players, with soloist Tamin Little. Performed at St Giles Cripplegate Church in London, under Covid regulation in 2020.
The London Mozart Players are an orchestra at the heart of London’s classical music scene, and the UK’s oldest chamber orchestra!
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Tasmin and Martin Roscoe at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on 22nd December 2020, her final concert.
YOUTUBE - Cambridge Summer Music Festival
Just published, yesterday!
Join our Festival Director Freya Goldmark for the third in a fascinating series of musical conversations with some of our 2020 artists. This time Freya chats with violinist Tasmin Little.
Tasmin and Freya delve into the music of Frederick Delius and discuss what it was like to know Yehudi Menuhin as a little girl, music education and what Tasmin will be getting up to in 2021 after retiring from the concert platform.
Classical Music Digital Awards 2020
Tasmin has been Highly Commended for the Classical Music
Digital Awards 2020 – International Soloist of the Year
Tasmin appeared on Front Row, BBC4
Front Row is a Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music.
There will be a LIVE stream on December 9th of the concert.
Please click the images
Here is Part 1 of this concert
Here is Part 2 of thie concert
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic On Demand continues tonight with a performance of works by Vaughan Williams, Ravel and Mozart, conducted by Joshua Weilerstein with violinist Tasmin Little.
Ticket buyers can join us at 7pm tonight for a preconcert talk on Zoom by BBC Radio 3 presenter and classical music writer Stephen Johnson, and a post-concert Q&A after the broadcast with Orchestra harpist Elizabeth McNulty, flautist Cormac Henry and conductor Joshua Weilerstein!
Tickets are £10 and available by clicking the link below. The broadcast will be available for 30 days from today.
Please click the image to arrive at the link for the concert
You can read a PDF of the Times review ( 2 November 2020)
Tasmin gave a most moving podcast interview Friday afternoon to "Reasons to be Cheerful"
presented by Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd. Please Click on the Thumbnail to view it.
An article in TEACHER MAGZINE out now
SCHOLAR to SUPERSTAR
As she retires from the concert stage, Tasmin Little tells Clare Stevens how an audition to the Menuhin School
led to a stellar career and a lifelong relationship with this institution.
Read this article by clicking the thumbnail image.
Tasmin was on ITV News ( 6th October) as well as Classic FM highlighting the problems facing freelance musicians.
Saturday morning's broadcast
is available on
Tom Service hears from Ray Chen about the online videos he’s created during lockdown, which have attracted hundreds of thousands of followers, and Ray compares his ten million dollar Stradivarius with a $69 violin. We speak to the writer Stuart Clark about the ancient Greek theory that linked music with the stars, and his new book, Beneath the Night: How the Stars Have Shaped the History of Humankind. And, ahead of his performance as part of this autumn’s “Live from the Barbican” series, Orkney composer Erland Cooper reflects on the influence, in his music, of the islands' landscape and people. We also mark the centenary of the death of composer Max Bruch, with contributions from critic Wendy Thompson and violinists Tasmin Little, Elena Urioste and Jack Liebeck. (click logo to go to BBC Radio 3)
Tasmin's interview with BBC Radio 4 "WORLD at ONE" was broadcast last Friday lunchtime.
Now available on LISTEN AGAIN if you scroll forward to 37min:45sec. (Please click the logo)
Good Review from today's
30th August 2020
You might enjoy this photo of Tasmin Little and pianist Martin Roscoe at Snape Maltings yesterday,
playing Elgar's Salut d'amour as an Encore. A first performance after many months of enforced rest.
August 1st - BBC World Service -
Tasmin gave an interview on August 1st for BBC World Service
(about 4 min)
Please click the logo to listen to an mp3 file.
"TODAY" programme, broadcast on 31st July 2020
Short Interview for a concert at SNAPE, Aldeburgh.
Scroll forward to 02:22:40 (5 min interview - Tasmin/Ian Bostridge)
Please click the logo.
Sadly the performance that Tasmin and Ian Bostridge were talking about has now been cancelled due to new
restrictions imposed by the government.
Harrogate International Festivals to put on virtual arts weekender - 23-26 July
Harrogate International Festivals is to put on a virtual arts weekender, featuring a range of musicians, authors and other figures. Running from 23-26 July, this weekender will include music from cellist Steven Isserlis, violinist Tasmin Little, the Navarra String Quartet and jazz bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, the latter of whom will Guest Curate the festival and appear as part of the Mischa Mullov-Abbado Group.
Please Click the Logo to be taken to the Festival website.
Tasmin will perform Sunday, at 11:00 for 20 minutes.
Tasmin played Bach - Partita No.3, Loure and Gavotte en Rondeau, and one piece by Isaac Albéniz (re-arranged)
Posted 24th July 2020
Read all about the announcement on the
website for |: Help Musicians
by clicking the logo.
Scoll forwards to 20:10 min
On Saturday 4th July at 19:00 there was a live stream on Classic FM’s facebook page. The London Mozart Players
played on their YouTube channel - Tasmin played "The Lark Ascending" by Vaughan Williams.
leader of the London Mozart Players before the performance, July 2020
Click the image to view the YouTUBE video.
Tasmin wrote a tribute to Ida Haendel in the French Magazine "CRESCENDO". 6th July 2020
here is the Google translation:
Tasmin Little and Shlomo Mintz pay tribute to Ida Haendel
July 6, 2020 by La Rédaction
The great violinist Ida Haendel was a central figure on the music scene. The announcement of her death caused a great wave of emotion among the artists, as this exceptional woman was loved by the community. In addition to her concerts and her recordings that left their mark on the memories, the violinist spent a lot of time teaching. We asked two major personalities from the violin scene to give us a testimony about Ida Haendel.
We sincerely thank Tasmin Little and Shlomo Mintz. When I was young, I remember falling in love with Ida Haendel's play, which became my first violin heroine. The combination of her dazzling technique and impeccable musicality inspired me in an intense practice of my instrument in the hope that one day I could play as well as she! She was a great champion of the Britten Concerto at a time when it was terribly overlooked by other soloists; she also played the Walton Concerto when it was not part of the standard repertoire, as well as the Delius Concerto, which I heard her play at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
I remember a breathtaking recital at Wigmore Hall in London where she played an astonishing Chaconne by Bach which never wavered for a second, and a rock solid interpretation of Enescu's Sonata No. 3, all that from memory. Then I went to speak to her in the dressing rooms and she was so warm and complimentary about my own play, which was a great honor.
The work I loved the most under her bow was the Sibelius Concerto. No one before or since her has ever interpreted the central movement with such slowness, breathtaking, and with this feeling of inexorability and depth of feeling. With Ida Haendel, the first movement had such excitement, such passion, such fire and such ice. And the last movement, always delicate for any violinist, seemed to dance with ease and hypnotic energy. Rest in peace, dear Ida, you will never be forgotten.
... read the full page in French by clicking on the Festival Musical Namur button.
CHANDOS RECORDS released a short video clip re: Tasmin's latest CD .... they write:
British Violin Sonatas Vol. 3 + The Best of Tasmin are yours to enjoy this summer!
Tasmin and Piers Lane talking about friendship at Potton Hall recording studio.
Please click the thumbnail to view the 1:42 min video on You Tube.
Tasmin played at the GEORGE ENESCU INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL in Bucharest, Romania, on 5th September 2019.
Romanian TRINITAS TV has just published a video of the concert on the ENESCO festival website.
She starts playing 7min:52sec into the video. ENESCU - Violin Sonata no.3 (arr. for orchestra by Valentin Doni)
After a short pause, Tasmin plays a wonderful RAVEL - Tzigane.
To see the video, please click on the Festival Hall thumbnail, and listen to this concert from this lovely concert hall.
... to enlarge, please click image
In the DAILY MAIL, Weekend Edition, (22/05/20) Jane Slade writes:
"Lockdown lessons from a maestro: Time on your hands? Then add another string to your bow by learning a new skill from the best in the business."
She describes how Tasmin is offering online lessons to viola and violin players, and how she has helped her.
On Saturday Morning, 23rd May after 12:07 Hong Kong Time ( UK Time 5:07 am)
Tasmin was interviewed by Radio 4 RTHK. (Hong Kong)
Joanne Tam talks to violinist Tasmin Little about how she's been dealing with the Covid-19 crisis, her videos for the charity Help Musicians UK, her post-retirement plans where she intends to focus on education and other non-performing projects, and her new release of British Violin Sonatas Vol. 3.
Listen to the interview on CATCHUP - ARTBEAT 23/05/2020 (55min)
The Guardian published a lovely review in yesterday's weekend edition,
Working with an amazing amateur violinist who is actually a doctor, teaching her how to play a fabulous piece
that I arranged with Rachel Jennings: Albeniz "Leyenda".
A lovely review for Tasmin's new CHANDOS CD - Tasmin Little vln, Piers Lane pno - British Violin Sonatas Vol 3
has just appeared on the website of MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL, authored by Jonathan Woolf.
Please click on the MusicWeb logo to read this here.
to LISTEN to the Concert
LISTEN LIVE to ABC Clasic FM, (published 29th April 2020)
TSO: Brahmsiana Festival 1
Opening the TSO Brahmsiana Festival, is renown violinist Tasmin Little with cellist Umberto Clerici.
Johannes Brahms’ last orchestral work was a peace offering to his estranged friend and violinist, Joseph Joachim. The cello part was written for the cellist of the Joachim’s string quartet Robert Hausmann. It was Brahms’ idea that the two string instruments combine to create one “super instrument” with the range of the two instruments combined.
"Stay safe Tasmin.
So lovely to meet you
at Swaledale festival
last year. Xxxxx"
.... HOW LOVELY ....
Sir Andras Schiff's' recent comments, that " ... he has despaired that today’s average concert-goer “has hardly the faintest idea about what he is hearing”. and that "... modern audiences cannot tell the difference between outstanding and poor performances..." was discussed by World at One today.
(click the logo and scroll forward to 39min:45sec)
A lovely article about Tasmin appeared on 7th March, authored by Peter Mann, in the BURY FREE PRESS.
Read it here by clicking on the BURY FREE PRESS logo.
ABC Classic FM has recorded the concert from Hobart & will be broadcasting this
on 16th March. Please log in (click logo) 13:00
Tasmin played BRAHMS - Concerto for Violin and Cello (with Umberto Clerici, cello)
with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Elvind Aadland
.... a photo has just been posted on her Twitter page with Umberto Clerici (enjoy this here)
She writes: "A poignant moment last night but also much happiness - my final concert in Australia was pure joy with Umberto Clerici and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, playing Brahms Double concerto. Heaven!"
Download / listen to this interview... (UK listeners) click the image ... (left) Interview starts at 03:00 min
Tasmin's Music Matters interview will be broadcast tomorrow, Saturday, 15th February on BBC Radio 3 after 11:45.
Just in ... Music Matters | Clips | Podcast - 22:00 MONDAY, 17th February
Presented by Kate Molleson
Credit: Benjamin Ealovega
Music Matters speaks to the violinist Tasmin Little about her involvement in music education, life as a recording artist, and her plans as she prepares to step down from the concert platform after an illustrious career that has spanned more than three decades. Kate Molleson hears from music journalist Philip Clark as he reflects on the time he spent shadowing the Dave Brubeck Quartet during their British tour as well as the epic interview he recorded with the jazz legend – all the subject of his new book Dave Brubeck: A life in time. Philip speaks about Brubeck’s early career, the bandleader’s unique improvisation and compositional styles, and his creative relationships with fellow band members. Two current jazz composers – Liam Noble and Laura Jurd – also share their views about the man who is synonymous with Take Five. Kate also talks to David Dolan and Karen Chan Barrett about their respective research projects using the power of EEG and fMRI scanning techniques to uncover what happens in the brains of musicians and audience members during improvisatory performance. And the subject of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion Day at the Barbican later this month, Kate steps into the unique and emotive sound world of the maverick Swedish composer Anders Hillborg as he reflects on his musical style, his abandonment of electronica, and how the compositional process is rewarding but not always necessarily fun!
Tasmin is now in Australia. Next Sunday, 23rd February at 14:30 (please note start time) she will play a recital
with Timothy Young (piano) at UKARIA Cultural Centre, 119 Williams Rd, Mt Barker Summit, South Australia, 5251.
As she was leaving Singapore she tweeted a lovely night picture of Singapore from her hotel window, which was opposite the newly refurbished RAFFLES Hotel. "Bye bye Singapore! Thank you for a memorable stay!"
Wednesday 5/2/2020 - Tasmin writes:
Booking has opened this morning at Southbank Centre for my final recital in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 5th June at 19:30. This will be a very exciting and unique event as I will be performing with all 3 of my long-term pianist partners: Piers Lane, Martin Roascoe, and John Lenehan.
We have just seen some charming photos of Tasmin's last Chandos Recording Session with pianist Piers Lane
on Twitter which we would like to share with you. Click each thumbnail to enlarge.
1min clip from BBC Sounds
3 days left to listen on BBC Radio 3
BBC RADIO 3 - LAST Saturday 7th September at 13:00
Tasmin Little opens up a selection of classical music from a violinist's point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.
An adventure in texture Violinist Tasmin Little discusses the Gloria from David Briggs' Mass for Notre Dame.
Click on BBC RADIO 3 icon to hear this on Saturday. 2hrs.
After Saturday it will be available for 30 days on BBC SOUNDS.
Bucharest, on THursday
From: Facebook page - BRITISH EMBASSY in ROMANIA, last Thursday
Hope to see you today at the Romanian Athenaeum for the chance to see Ms. Tasmin Little, one of the UK’s finest violinists, perform with Orchestre de Chambre Pelléas at the George Enescu Festival.
Ms. Little is a leading example of talent and dedication on the international music scene, with a wonderful and unique connection to Romania and most importantly, to George Enescu himself, being taught by Yehudi Menuhin, Enescu’s pupil. This is her first performance of the Sonata No. 3, a work that she knows intimately, however, from hearing Sir Yehudi Menuhin play it many times.
British Ambassador Andrew Noble had the chance to welcome Ms. Little to Bucharest yesterday and is looking forward to her performance today, which will surely be a testimony as to why #MusicIsGREAT!
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Tasmin's Belfast Interview was aired on the "Classical Connections with John Toal" programme
on BBC Radio Ulster, Sunday, 4th August between 15:00 and 17:00. (click link to listen)
Click on the ULSTER BBC Logo, scroll forward to 26min 50 sec
and you'll come to Tasmin's interview on "Listen Again".
click the logo above.
Featured on Slipped Disc, (click logo) this morning, the world’s most-read cultural website.
SIR ANDREW DAVIS – THE BRITISH LINE: A CELEBRATION OF BRITISH MUSIC
By Matt Newton
on July 4, 2019
In 1991, Hamburg-based record label Teldec Classics embarked on a fruitful partnership with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The British Line was soon to become an essential series of critically acclaimed digital recordings of major works alongside some lesser-known gems by some of Britain’s most celebrated composers. The series – collected here for the first time – features guest soloists including Tasmin Little, Thomas Hampson and Amanda Roocroft. The 16 CD box set includes bonus disc – Last Night of The Proms: The 100th Season – recorded live in concert in 1994 and featuring star soloists Dame Evelyn Glennie and Sir Bryn Terfel.
Dame Evelyn Glennie, Thomas Hampson, Tasmin Little, Jean Rigby Amanda Roocroft, Patricia Rozario, Graham Sheen, Sir Bryn Terfel
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Sir Andrew Davis
CHANDOS RECORDS is 40 years young!
Tasmin enjoyed a very special celebration at the 40th anniversary of Chandos Records -
the boat was full of friends and colleagues and some of the artists gathered together for this special photo!
Please click the thumbnail on the left to see the enlargement.
The latest edition of BBC Music Magazine carries an
article about Tasmin receiving the first
BBC Music Magazine Personality of the Year Award.
You may read this here, by clicking on Tasmin's thumbnail photo.
READ IT here
INTERVIEW by Katherine Cooper of Presto Classical - 11 April 2019
Title: Tasmin Little reflects on her career
Shortly before she was crowned Personality of the Year at last night’s BBC Music Magazine Awards, Tasmin spoke to me about her motivation for stepping away from performance at this stage in her life, the changes she’s witnessed in the recording industry over the past three decades, and how she plans to spend her time after packing away her violin…
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARDS 2019 (Award Ceremony at Kings Place 10/4/2019)
A new category was added to the Awards this year: the BBC Music Magazine Personality of the Year.
This was awarded to violinist Tasmin Little for her contribution to classical music over the course of her career.
We have seen some photos on different posts.
The 1st is a photo of the Award being presented to Tasmin at Kings Place.
Photo 2 and 3 are showing the Award sitting proudly on Tasmin's mantlepiece and with her frequent piano partner
Piers Lane and a friend at the "post-event"
party at Kings Place.
Here is the official BBC PHOTO of all the Category Winners, Tasmin, Front Right
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Tasmin will be at the Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA, USA
Thursday week (April 16 - 19, 2019)
Both concerts are SOLD OUT
TheChinaCurrent @JamesChau interviewed me about my musical career, the @MenuhinSchool and my experiences in China in 1982
on this week’s podcast episode. Give it a listen! http://bit.ly/2U9ofQA
On Saturday, 23rd March, Tasmin played in Edmonton, Canada.
Venue: Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Canada
Tasmin played SZYMANOWSKI Violin Concerto
EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/RUNE BERGMANN
Here is a happy photo of Tasmin with Rune Bergman taken at the rehearsals for this concert ...
Tasmin is delighted by this review
of her Chandos CD of Walton's
Violin Concerto which appeared
this week in Gramophone Magazine. Top 10 Walton recordings
Gramophone - 20th March 2019
Ten great albums of William Walton's music from Edward Gardner, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, André Previn and many more ...
In Tuesday's TELEGRAPH, Michael White had a blog entry titled "Extended Intervals".
Tasmin thought it "adorable" ... :-) "What we need is a second referendum to persuade this leaver to remain ..."
Read it here by clicking the logo. Enjoy!
Tasmin was delighted to hear this week that in the March issue of GRAMOPHONE Magazine her new CD
of women composers Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth and Amy Beach is one of Michael Cullingford's picks
of the finest recordings of March 2019. Click the GRAMOPHONE logo, to read more ....
There is an interview by Hugh Canning in last week's Sunday Times entitled: Little has decided to retire next summer, at only 55:
‘I never thought of myself playing until the day I dropped dead!’
read it here (click logo) if you have a digital subscription to The Sunday Times.
Sean Rafferty presents musical highlights from the last week on In Tune (click logo)
A photo of Tasmin playing ROXANNA PANUFNIK's - Four World Seasons with the LONDON MOZART PLAYERS at
Weston Hall, University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, London W5 5RF last Thursday, 14th February.
Tasmin also received her 4th Honorary Doctorate (photo below) from the University of West London that night.
A charming review of Tasmin's Stratford-upon-Avon performance on February 5th
appeared yesterday in the HERALD. Titled "Renaissance Woman" Read it here. (PDF)
LAST WEEK , 8th February: LEBRECHT LISTENS |
Tasmin Little Reminds Us Just How Much We'll Miss Her By Norman Lebrecht on February 8, 2019
An article in this month' Classical Music Magazine (February 2019) titled: "These women's works":
Last Thursday, music journalist and author Jessica Duchen, published a very lovely review
in appreciation of Tasmin's work over the years on her widely read blog.
Jessica Duchen's Classical Music Blog (always worth reading)
Read it here and enjoy!
Click on Thumbnail Logo left.
We are delighted to have found this entry a couple of days ago on APPLE Music Preview:
After combing through countless releases each week, our editors select their favorites for The A-List: Classical—the best new recordings from across the genre. This playlist is updated regularly, so if you like a track, add it to your library.
Lively BLOG review of January 23rd ecent - AN EVENING WITH TASMIN LITTLE - Keele Concerts Series:
Many’s the time – in these very pages – I’ve wished musicians would speak to us more about what they’re playing. Well, three cheers for violinist Tasmin Little, whose appearance at the New Vic in Hartshill was more of “an evening with” than a “concert featuring.” There were even questions and answers from the audience.
Mind you, I write as a huge fan. I have her recording of the Elgar violin concerto. I don’t play it, though. It just leaves me in bits.
This was the first concert in the new season of Concerts at Keele, but it was held at the New Vic under some sort of Arts Council code sharing arrangement.
It did mean that the violin sounded fabulous in the wonderful acoustic of that theatre in the round, but as always, some of the artist’s comments were lost as she turned towards other parts of the audience.
Nevertheless, Tasmin Little was very switched on to the sound she was making – as a performer must be – and she was adept at turning to make sure the whole room was covered.
And so we learnt, for instance, about things like bariolage and tremolando, both of which featured in her transcription of Albeniz’s Leyenda – better known as a guitar piece, but sounding remarkably authentic on the violin, thanks to these sorts of tricks.
We found out that the bow is almost as important as the violin. She came on with two – one to play the Albeniz, strong enough to put up with what can only be described as bow abuse, and a second to produce the lovely sound she makes normally.
We learnt that she used to practice for eight hours a day in her twenties, but is now down as low as four. That’s what it takes to become a great performer.
She played one of the most difficult works in the repertory, Ysaye’s third sonata, Ballade. And she had the cheek to tell us it was so difficult she was expecting a cheer and whooping when it was over. No problem, actually.
I was less enthusiastic about Hora Bessarabia, a two-year-old work by her friend Roxanna Panufnik, based, according to the composer, on Romanian gypsy music with Bulgarian gypsy rhythm. It calls on the performer to stamp her feet in true gypsy fashion. Hmmm. Call me old-fashioned. Others do.
She played some of the best-known Bach works either side of the interval – the Chaconne from the D minor Partita and the Loure, Gavotte and Gigue from the E major.
She was playing the Loure and Gavotte near the Victoria Falls when she realised the audience was looking past her. She turned and found herself facing a hippopotamus which had emerged from the river and was listening intently to the Bach. She completed the work, and the animal duly submerged.
So now you know. If you’re ever faced with a musical hippo, just keep playing. Chris Ramsden
This month BBC Music Magazine has an article by Kate Bolton-Porciatti
about Vivaldi's Four Seasons. The violinist's view about "Winter"
has been written by Tasmin. You may read this here.
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A review of the CD mentioned in the article appears at the bottom
of the article page.
BBC Radio 3, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 -14:00
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 2, Op.61
Tasmin Little (violin)
Courtney Lewis (conductor)
Tasmin Little’s performance of Szymanowski’s ‘Violin Concerto No. 2’, which was recorded on 11/08/2017 in the Ulster Hall, Belfast will be broadcast on Radio 3 after 14:00 on Tuesday, 31st October, 2017.
(click Radio 3 Logo on the day to listen)
The October issue of Classical Music Magazine features Tasmin on the cover and has an article,
titled Dream job, header here:
As she approaches her fourth decade on the stage, Tasmin Little’s enthusiasm for classical music remains boundless. She tells Amanda Holloway about her new Szymanowski recording, her love for lesser-known repertoire – and why she continues to challenge herself. (Click thumbnail to read a PDF of this article)
There are a good number of fine reviews available now for this CD release.CLICK HERE.
29th September, after 16:30 ... (scroll forward to 1 hour 36 min to hear this) (14 days left to listen to)
The October issue of CLASSICAL MUSIC magazine features an article by Amanda Holloway about Tasmin's Szymanowski recording, her love for lesser known repertoire - and why she continues to challenge herself.
You may buy a digital edition or paper edition of CLASSICAL MUSIC from this link.
(Magazine Cover thumbnail, please click)
Tasmin has today added an Instagram account.
View it by clicking the logo.
... and ENJOY!
Music Preneur interviewed Tasmin today about the Naked Violin project.
A lengthy, but interesting interview.
Listen to the Podcast by clicking the Music Preneur logo. (35 min)
A very happy photo of yesterday's event
Two items with news about Tasmin receiving her fifth Honarary Doctorate this week
International violinist honoured at University ceremony
Violinist Tasmin Little Awarded Birmingham City University Honorary Doctorate
Sir Lenny Henry, Chancellor of Birmingham City University, with Tasmin, yesterday.
If you wish to read the citation that was read out at the degree ceremony in Birmingham, please click logo. (with kind permission of Prefessor David Roberts)
Tasmin was on Radio Four twice in May
11/05/2017 (16:30 and 21:00)
Programme: Inside Science, talking about instruments.
NOW on I-player, please click LOGO!
ON I-PLAYER (No longer available)
BBC Radio 3 "In Tune" - Monday 24 April at around 4.35pm
Tasmin Little and pianist Piers Lane were interviewed and played 3 pieces live:
Brahms - Sonatensatz from FAE
Szymanowski - Sonata 2nd movement
Franck - Sonata 4th movement
The programme was broadcast live on Radio 3,
simultaneously streamed on the BBC iPlayer
and BBC Radio 3 website, and available for catch-up
listening on BBC iPlayer for 30 days following the broadcast.
Two of the works featured on this new Chandos CD
- Frank and Szymanowski - are being played on "In Tune"
The Observer review, which came out today,
talks about them.
(Click CD cover to read)
Photo courtesy of: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian
Tasmin played Szymanowski - Violin Concerto No 2 at the Barbican on Saturday, BBC 3 recording
is accessible (click logo). Fast forward to 36:30 min (for another 28 days)
Some excellent reviews have appeared:
Seen & Heard:
Tasmin Little is now something of a veteran of the concert hall, but in Szymanowski’s demanding Second Violin Concerto she proved once again that her skill and artistry stand up well to that of the numerous young violinists who continue to arrive on the scene. She gave an exemplary reading of this work, one that was ardent, intense and highly expressive, and which typicall en sense of communication with her audience. Gardner and the orchestra gave her ideally strong support.
Poland was presented in a more positive light via Karol Szymanowski's Second Violin Concerto, given passionate advocacy by Tasmin Little. It's a far cry from the perfumed, intoxicating language of his earlier concerto, being earthier and almost Bartókian in its driving folk rhythms. Little gave a muscular performance, especially of the cadenza by Paweł Kochański, the concerto's recipient. Fierce double-stopping was matched by lyrical interludes of great tenderness.
"Szymanowski’s second Violin Concerto, its deep, dark pools of sound beautifully transparent, the narrative well paced by Gardner and the soloist Tasmin Little. In the dizzying cadenza and the long paragraphs of melody and variations on either side, Little’s execution was flawless, her tone pure and penetrating."
Please click the Gramophone Logo to read the complete review.
Richard Bratby writes in the current issue of Gramophone magazine:
‘I am not a Baroque player’, says Tasmin Little, and there’s nothing like laying your cards right out on the table. These are modern-instrument performances of Vivaldi with a big symphonic string section. And if you haven’t already run screaming for your Fabio Biondi or La Serenissima sets, you’re going to enjoy this disc a lot.
Review from Luxemborg's Journal
for classical music. (click logo)
Tasmin Little's account of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ is a very classical one, free from any historically informed findings. Roxanna Panufnik’s Four World Seasons are colourful and truly interesting pieces rooting in the traditional music of four different regions: Autumn in Albania, Tibetan Winter, Spring in Japan and Indian Summer. Tasmin Little, who commissioned the work, is an accomplished and punchy soloist.
From the December 2016 issue of GRAMOPHONE Magazine ...
Living Lesson in why we need music in schools.
This article appered recently in the Dartmouth local paper >>>read it here: (PDF)
STRAD Magazine December 2016
‘A really great player can make any instrument sound reasonable,’ says violinist Tasmin Little
The following article is published as part of a larger feature on Tasmin Little in The Strad’s December 2016 issue
British violinist Tasmin Little has many fond and formative memories of Yehudi Menuhin from her time studying at the Menuhin School, including a masterclass where they were working on the Bach Chaconne:
‘At one point he took my violin and played a great chunk of the first section. I was astonished at the sound he made. There was such concentration and intensity; he was locked into the music and I had the very powerful experience of standing next to somebody whose entire body was being used to create this incredibly powerful music. One very important thing I learned that day is that it’s the player who makes the sound. A very fine violin will make a difference to your playing, without question, but a really great player can make any instrument sound reasonable.’
Alongside Menuhin and Fenyves, another of Little’s heroes is Ida Haendel. ‘She has been a major influence since I was eight – some of her recordings are my absolute favourites, the Britten and Sibelius concertos in particular. Also I admire her because she was a very strong woman at a time when there were comparatively few great women soloists. I love the strength and passion in her playing and find it extremely inspiring. I only met her in person when I was 22, but it was lovely to meet her at last. And she’s tiny – even smaller than I am and I’m 5ft 2in!’
Read the full Tasmin Little feature in The Strad’s December 2016 issue
Tasmin's recent visit to Adelaide and Hobart to play the Delius Violin Concerto with
the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
have resulted in some lovely reviews, in the Australian, Barefeet Review and Limelight.
On Thursday 22nd September2016 between 12:00 and 13:00 and again after 18:30 on BBC Radio 3
Programme: Inner Calm, Outer Turmoil
Composer of the Week, Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) Episode 4 of 5 (click logo for Radio 3 information) (20 days left to listen)
Rubbra - Violin Concerto (1st Mvt) Tasmin Little
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley
Women stars shine in Townsville’s AFCM
Lovely article in "Cut and Common", The New Generation of Classical Music On-Line magazine
from August 16th about this years's AFCM in Townsville. Read it here, by clicking the logo.
What's the Delius?
Tasmin Little talks about chicken dinners at the Menuhin school, upcoming performances in Australia and intense collaborations with Piers Lane.
Please click the LIMELIGHT logo to read the feature published by Australia's Music Magazine on July 20th.
Click image to view the interview
May 3rd 2016 MEET THE PROS | English Violinist, Tasmin Little – VC ’20 Questions’ [INTERVIEW]
The Violin Channel recently caught up with English concert violinist, Tasmin Little – jury member at the 2016 Menuhin Competition.
We sat her down for a game of ‘VC 20 Questions’ – to help gain some fun insight into the lady behind the laugh.
NOW ON LISTEN AGAIN, please CLICK LOGO.
Tasmin will be interviewed live on BBC R4 “Woman’s Hour” on Monday 9 May at 10am (or thereabouts). This is to do with keeping diaries.
Royal Festival Hall
OF COMPETITION EVENTS
ON THE ROYAL ACADEMY
they take place.