Berlin-based cellist Vladimir Waltham was born in 1989 into a family of musicians in the South of France. Passionate about having the broadest possible musical palette, Vladimir is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician on cello, baroque cello and viola da gamba, in repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to collaborations with composers and world premieres as well as everything in between. Notable successes include being selected in 2012 by the prestigious Jumpstart Jr. Foundation to receive the loan of a beautiful baroque cello by Nicola Gagliano, winning both the First Prize and Audience Prize of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition with his Linos Piano Trio in 2015, and winning Third Prize at the International Bach Competition Leipzig in 2016.
Vladimir can regularly be heard performing in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including London’s Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Southbank Centre and Barbican Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, and Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional. Other notable venues have included Concertgebouw Bruges, Volksbühne Berlin and Melbourne Recital Centre, with performances at festivals such as Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), City of London Festival (UK), Aldeburgh Music Festival (UK), Birdfoot Festival (USA), Podium Festival Haugesund (Norway), and Eilat Festival (Israel).
Vladimir is principal cello of La Serenissima, with which he regularly appears as a soloist and has recorded several albums. A review of a recent CD of double concertos by Vivaldi singled out his contribution in glowing terms: “what we get instead is another soloist to whom I could listen all day, cellist Vladimir Waltham; hear his gently grainy, luminous tone and his sighing trills, and fall in love.”
When not too busy with music, Vladimir enjoys hiking in various mountain ranges or simply staying at home with his family and cooking.