Fenella Humphreys


With playing described in the press as 'unforgettable' and 'a wonder', violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work.   She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, and German, Canadian, Australian and Korean radio and TV.   Her first concerto recording for Dutton Epoch with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Martin Yates was released recently to great critical acclaim, including selection as 'Orchestral Choice CD' in a 5 star review in the BBC Music Magazine.  A number of eminent British composers have written works for Fenella both in her own right and as a former member of the Lawson Trio.  During 2014/15 she premieres a set of 6 new solo violin works by leading British composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Sally Beamish and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, with performances at Aldeburgh, The Forge, and St. Magnus, Ryedale and Presteigne Festivals as well as a 2-CD recording for Champs Hill.  Concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, Fenella also enjoys guest leading and directing. Fenella's teachers have included Sidney Griller CBE, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno, studying at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf graduating with the highest attainable marks.   Fenella plays a beautiful violin from the circle of Peter Guaneri of Venice, kindly on loan from Jonathan Sparey.



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Wright Concerto with RSNO & Martin Yates
 International Record Review,
"....There is no empty display:  the soloist is a constant singing presence, though there are some technical challenges......Fenella Humphreys's performance is a wonder.....I warmly recommend this beautifully recorded disc..."
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Wright concerto CD with RSNO and Martin Yates
 Strad Magazine,
"...Fenella Humphreys captures the music's wistful cantabile to perfection, producing a golden tone in all registers with the utmost sensitivity to where every phrase is moving.   Her violin entwines with the glowing textures of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the expert guidance of Martin Yates to alluring effect...... An outstanding release...."
(Julian Haylock)
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Orchestral CD of the month, 5 Star Review - Wright concerto with RSNO & Martin Yates
2012-10-11 BBC Music Magazine,
"...Violinist Fenella Humphreys responds to its elegiac revlection adn technical display at top flight level, offering emotional depth and weight of tone...

(Malcolm Hayes)
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