Candida Thompson, violinist and artistic director of Amsterdam Sinfonietta, once again invites the English violinist Anthony Marwood to take her place leading the string orchestra during this tour. Marwood joins Melnikov as soloist in Mendelssohn’s concerto for violin and piano and in a freshly composed double concerto by the Russian composer Katia Tchemberdji.
Anthony Marwood studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and his teachers included Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno. He is among the most illustrious English violinists and performs regularly as soloist and conductor with orchestras throughout the world. He plays a violin by the Italian violin maker Carlo Bergonzi dating from 1736. In 2013 Marwood made his first appearance as guest concertmaster with Amsterdam Sinfonietta. In early 2017 he returned for a programme in collaboration with the pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout.
‘A fine première of Roukens’s Visions at Sea led by Anthony Marwood’
• Leidsch Dagblad
Alexander Melnikov studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Lev Naumov. His musical development was significantly influenced by his early contact with Sviatoslav Richter, who regularly invited him to perform at festivals in France and Russia. Known for his unconventional programmes, Melnikov soon became interested in historical performance practice, and was above all influenced by Andreas Staier and Alexei Lubimov, with whom he collaborated on numerous projects. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra. Alexander Melnikov has made two prior appearances as soloist with Amsterdam Sinfonietta in 2006 and 2014.
‘A highly spontaneous performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.9 ‘Jeunehomme’, in which Melnikov matched Amsterdam Sinfonietta with an equally astonishing degree of temperament and lightness’
• NRC Handelsblad