Violin soloist - Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, August 2021
As a young British-born soloist, Emmanuel is fast gaining recognition in the UK and abroad. He won the Royal Over-Seas League Strings Competition 2018. As soloist, he has performed as co-soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter in JS Bach's Double Concerto, played solo concertos in the UK and abroad, including Brahms Bruch No.1 and Scottish Fantasy, Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Mendelssohn, Paganini No.1 Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending, Wieniawski Faust Fantasie and Concerto No.2, and others. Maxim Vengerov described his playing of the Brahms Concerto as ‘a superb rendition, a deep and emotional performance.’ Other awards include: winner Una Clark Competition 2011, winner Newbury Young Musician 2012, JS Bach prize winner and semi-finalist in the 38th Premio Lipizer in 2019, winner ‘Best Interpretation of a Contemporary Work (Boulez Anthemes I) at the Mirecourt Competition 2016, two nominations for Best Upcoming Artist at the South African National Arts KKNK Festival, and an English-Speaking Union Scholarship. His playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and he has performed live on Radio 3’s World Music Day.
He has given recitals across the UK, as a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Artist 2017-20, and performed as a soloist at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly and St George's Hall, Bristol. As soloist, he has worked with conductors including: David Hill MBE, Jonathan Willcocks, Maxim Vengerov, Darrell Davison, Roy Stratford, Eric Rycroft, Rob Hodge and Peter Dunkley. As a chamber musician, he was a Fellow on Yale Summer School at Norfolk Festival, USA, in 2016, working with musicians including the Emerson, Artist and Brentano Quartets. He has played alongside musicians including Yuri Zhislin, Natalia Lomeiko, members of the Elias Quartet (Marie Bittloch, Donald Grant), Matt Jones, Bartosz Woroch and others. He has received coaching from the Elias and Wihan Quartets, Kenneth Sillito and Hugh Maguire. He also held an Edison Fellowship at the British Library, London, researching historic violin and chamber music recordings.
Emmanuel has benefitted from masterclasses with Pierre Amoyal, Miriam Fried, Jan Repko, Shlomo Mintz, Dong-Suk Kang, Cho-Liang Lin, Kenneth Sillito and Hugh Maguire. His playing has taken him to Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and South Africa, touring there several times. His teacher was Natasha Boyarsky, with whom he studied while reading Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, gaining a Double First, and for a Masters as a scholar at the Royal College of Music, then taking an Artist Diploma studying with Radu Blidar. He has also studied with Felix Andrievsky and Ben Sayevich. His CD of encores and transcriptions 'Musical Mosaics' was released in 2018. A forthcoming recital CD is planned in collaboration with Willowhayne Records. He is grateful for support from Talent Unlimited, the English-Speaking Union, the Tompkins Tate Trust, Joan Conway Bursary, Woking Young Musicians’ Trust, HR Taylor Trust and Worshipful Company of Drapers.