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Barritt, Paul (violin)
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Paul Barritt (violin)

Paul Barritt was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied with Jaroslav Vanecek at the Royal College of Music in London and subsequently with Orrea Pernel, Sandor Végh and Salvatore Accardo.

Paul Barritt has a varied repertoire comprising the standard classical violin concertos but also encompassing works for violin and orchestra by Martinu, Frank Martin, Lutoslawski, Takemitsu, Schnittke and Poul Ruders. With The Northern Sinfonia he appeared as soloist in Norway and Turkey, and in Japan played the Schnittke Concerto Grosso No 1 at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, in the presence of the Crown Prince of Japan. His Promenade Concert debut in 1992 was with the same Schnittke work, repeated with the the BBC Welsh Orchestra at the 1993 Swansea Festival. He is a frequent contributor to both BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM as recitalist and concerto soloist.

The scope of Paul Barritt's musical activities is wide. As well as giving violin and piano recitals and recordings, and frequent chamber music concerts, he regularly appears as soloist and director with the ECO. Notable tours to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Caribbean as well as in London and across Great Britain have achieved outstanding success. He also directed Isaac Stern's 70th Birthday Concert at the Barbican and played Arvo Pärt's Fratres at the same hall in the presence of the composer. As director he has also worked with Kyung Wha Chung, Emanuel Ax, Franz Peter Zimmerman and Christian Tetzlaff.

Paul Barritt plays a Sanctus Serphim violin made c1737.


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