Biography

Lawrence Power

Current as of July 2019

Lawrence Power is one of today’s leading viola players and a sought-after soloist and chamber music partner around the world, who is well received by audiences and critics alike. Over the past decade he has enjoyed regular collaborations with leading international orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic in Stockholm, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras.
Recent highlights include his debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and at the Salzburg Festival, giving recitals at the Dresden and the Savannah Music Festivals and leading a concert series at Kings Place in London.
Lawrence Power has a keen interest in contemporary music and has built up an extensive repertoire of works composed specially for him, including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Pentatonic Étude, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Power Play, Julian Anderson’s Prayer, Alexander Goehr’s Hymn to Night, MacMillan’s Viola Concerto and Huw Watkins’s Fantasy.
He regularly gives recitals at Wigmore Hall and LSO St Luke’s in London, as well as at Lincoln Center in New York. Lawrence Power has developed an acclaimed partnership with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips and collaborates with musicians such as violinist Maxim Vengerov or Joshua Bell.
His recordings have been highly praised by critics and nominated several times for the Gramophone Award. His complete account of Hindemith’s works for viola on Hyperion is considered a benchmark recording. His most recent releases include Berlioz’s Harold en Italie with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Illuminatio with the Tapiola Sinfonietta on the Ondine label, both of which were released in 2018.
Lawrence Power is the founder and artistic director of the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival and he plays a rare viola made by Antonio Brenzi in Bologna around 1610.

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