Lawrence Power VIOLA

Lawrence Power is one of today’s foremost violists, in demand worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music partner.

His eloquent artistry and penetrating musicianship were acknowledged in 2015 when he was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award. “He is a player of poise, elegance and individuality,” observed the Chicago Sun Times, an endorsement underlined by Gramophone’s praise for “his agility at speed, his warm, walnut tone…and the innate musicality of his phrasing”. Over the past decade, he has become a regular guest performer with orchestras of the highest international calibre, from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Stockholm Philharmonic and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras to the Philharmonia, the BBC Scottish Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. Lawrence Power was Artist in Residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2012-13 Season and has also forged a close relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

He gave the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Viola Concerto with the LPO, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, to huge critical acclaim, and has performed Walton’s Viola Concerto and Britten’s Lachrymae with the orchestra. His recital credits include performances at Wigmore Hall and other prestigious UK and European venues and festivals. A keen champion of contemporary music, he gave the UK premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s concerto Remnants of Song at the 2012 BBC Proms and the world premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Invisible Cities at the 2012 Verbier Festival. Power regularly collaborates with the violinist Maxim Vengerov and has established a duo partnership with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips.

Power’s Gramophone Award-nominated recordings for Hyperion include the viola concertos of Bartók, Rósza, Walton and Rubbra, the Shostakovich and Brahms viola sonatas, and York Bowen's complete works for viola and piano with Simon Crawford-Phillips. His three-disc Hindemith survey stands as a benchmark recording of the composer’s complete works for solo viola. Other releases include Mark-Anthony Turnage’s On Opened Ground with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Markus Stenz; Britten’s Double Concerto with Anthony Marwood and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov; and Vaughan Williams’ Flos Campi and Suite for viola with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Martyn Brabbins. His most recent Hyperion release, Fin de Siècle, made with Simon Crawford-Phillips, includes world premiere recordings of works by Büsser, Hüe and Honnoré, together with compositions by Chausson, Debussy, Enescu and Ravel.
Power returned to the Verbier and Salzburg festivals at the beginning of the 2014-15 Season and performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at Lincoln Center in New York with Joshua Bell and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

His 2016-17 schedule includes recitals at LSO St Luke’s and Wigmore Hall, Richard Rodney Bennett’s Elegy for viola and orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Julian Anderson’s Prayer and Walton’s Viola Concerto with the Philharmonia, MacMillan’s Viola Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras.

Lawrence Power became Artistic Director of the English Chamber Orchestra Charitable Trust in May 2016 and launched his first London series with the English Chamber Orchestra at Kings Place at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. He is also founder and Artistic Director of West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival.