Vladimir Waltham — Cello
Though still in his twenties, French‐British cellist Vladimir Waltham has already established an impressive international career. He has performed at some of the world’s foremost concert venues, including London’s major concert halls (Wigmore, Barbican, Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, Cadogan halls, King’s Place, Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square), as well as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Musiekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Vienna’s Schönberg Center, and many more.
Born in 1989 into a family of musicians, he joined the Toulouse Conservatoire at the age of 6 to study cello with the world-famous cellist and pedagogue Lluís Claret. After a brief period in the Conservatoire of Pau, he was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Britain to study with acclaimed cellist Pierre Doumenge. He continued his training with Mr. Doumenge at London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also studied baroque cello and viols with the eminent teachers Alison McGillivray and Liam Byrne.
Mr. Waltham’s talent and versatility have earned him numerous awards and prizes. He is in demand as both a modern and baroque cellist and has performed as a concerto soloist in England and France.
Mr. Waltham is a founding member of the award-winning Linos Piano Trio, recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2014 Frost Prize for chamber music, an award for young British chamber ensembles of exceptional talent. Mr. Waltham is also a founding member of the Hieronymus Quartet, which has received glowing reviews and is recognized as one of Britain’s most successful young quartets since taking both the main prize and the audience prize at the 2012 Cavatina Intercollegiate Prize for Chamber Music.
In 2013 he was one of two young musicians selected by a lengthy audition process for support from the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation, which includes the loan of a rare baroque cello by Nicola Gagliano. In 2013 his cello duo, Duo Domenico was the recipient of the audience prize at the internationally-followed York Early Music Competition.
His chamber music collaborators regularly include celebrated musicians such as Philippe Graffin, Daniel Phillips, Daniel Rowland, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Karine Georgian, Jean-Guihen Queyras. Upcoming engagements include a busy season of concerts and appearances at leading venues and festivals in Dublin, Ireland, Frankfurt, Germany, London and Berlin.