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Power, Lawrence (viola)
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Lawrence Power (viola)

Over the past decade, Lawrence Power has become a regular guest performer with orchestras of the highest calibre, from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic orchestras to the Philharmonia, BBC Scottish Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. As a guest soloist with the Melbourne and Adelaide symphony orchestras, he has established a strong presence in Australia, where he returns regularly to ‘play direct’ at the Australian National Academy of Music. Other highlights include his debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Staatsoper Kassel, a Salzburg Festival debut with Vilde Frang, and concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as well as recitals at the Dresden Music Festival and America’s Savannah Music Festival, and a concert series at Kings Place in London.

As a fervent champion of contemporary music, Lawrence has developed a large repertoire of new works. He gave the premiere of Gerald Barry’s Viola Concerto, the UK premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s concerto Remnants of song at the 2012 BBC Proms, and the premieres of several works commissioned for him, including Salonen’s Pentatonic étude, Turnage’s Power play, Anderson’s Prayer, Goehr’s Hymn to night, MacMillan’s Viola Concerto and Watkins’ Fantasy. He recently formed The Viola Commissioning Circle: a scheme created to help commission new music from today’s leading composers. This has already led to new works by Thomas Adès and Gerald Barry, with many others in the coming seasons.

His recital credits include performances at the Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke’s and New York’s Lincoln Center. He has developed an acclaimed partnership with pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips, and collaborates with musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Pavel Kolesnikov, Anne Sofie von Otter and Nicolas Altstaedt. A former Artist in Residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, he has also enjoyed residencies with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and Turner Sims, Southampton, where he acted as both a curator and a performer. He has also forged a close relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


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