Lawrence Power VIOLA

Lawrence Power is one of the foremost violists today and in 2011 was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award. He is regularly invited to perform with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Stockholm Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic and the Bergen Philharmonic.

Engagements have included Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder and also with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall, Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Festival, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic; the York Bowen Concerto with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester in Mainz; Takemitsu’s concerto, A String Around Autumn, with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, and the Rozsa Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras.   He has performed Penderecki’s Viola Concerto in a series of concerts with Camerata Salzburg conducted by the composer.  He has also made critically-acclaimed orchestral debuts in Australia.

Most recently Lawrence Power has performed with the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Hessischer Rundfunk Symphony, Gottingen Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras, the Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquestra del Principado de Asturias, BBC National Orchesta of Wales and Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

He has given recitals in London, Glasgow, Cardiff and across the UK and in Stavanger, Zurich and Vienna. A keen champion of contemporary music, he gave the UK premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s concerto Remnants of Song with the Philharmonia and Susanna Malkki at the 2012 BBC Proms, the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Wonderful Two-headed Nightingale with the Scottish Ensemble and the world premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Invisible Cities at the 2012 Verbier Festival. 

His recordings for Hyperion include the Bartok, Rosza, Walton and Rubbra concertos and Shostakovich and Brahms sonatas and York Bowen's complete works for viola and piano with Simon Crawford-Phillips. His three-disc Hindemith survey has become a benchmark recording of this repertoire. Recent releases include Strauss’s Don Quixote with the Gürzenich Orchester and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s On Opened Ground with the London Philharmonic Orchestra,  both conducted my Markus Stenz; the Britten Double Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov and Anthony Marwood and Vaughan Williams’s Concerto  with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Martyn Brabbins.

Lawrence Power was Artist in Residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra for the 12/13 season and enjoys a close relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has also performed the Walton Concerto conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Britten’s Lachrymae conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. He premieres a new commission by James Macmillan in January 2014, also under Vladimir Jurowski.

Future plans for the 13/14 season include the Walton, Rosza and Schnittke concertos with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Tiroler Symphonieorchester respectively. He performs a chamber music programme at the Barbican Centre with Maxim Vengerov, returns to the Verbier Festival and performs Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Lincoln Center in New York with Joshua Bell and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under David Zinman.

Lawrence Power has been appointed International Professor of Viola at the Zurich Hochschule der Kunst.  He is also founder and Artistic Director of the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival