Berlin-based French-born multi-faceted musician Vladimir Waltham is equally at home on Cello, Baroque Cello, and all sizes of da Gamba instruments. Praised for his “luminous tone” by Gramophone, Vladimir is passionate about sharing the broadest possible musical palette, in repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to collaborations with composers and world premieres as well as everything in between.
Vladimir divides his time between his Linos Piano Trio, his work as principal cello of La Serenissima, and his freelance performing and recording activities. 2020-21 sees him returning to London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo, as well as appearing in many other venues and festivals in France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and the UK. This season will also see the release of La Serenissima’s new recording on the Signum label, of chamber music from the Italian Settecento. Online performances are also planned for various promoters who are currently unable to accommodate a physical audience, which will be made available on social media.
Past seasons have seen Vladimir performing in many of the world’s great halls, such as London’s King’s Place, Southbank Centre and Barbican Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan t’Ij, Reykjavík’s Harpa, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, and Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional. Other notable venues have included Concertgebouw Bruges, Volksbühne Berlin and Melbourne Recital Centre, with performances at festivals such as Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), City of London Festival (UK), Aldeburgh Music Festival (UK), Birdfoot Festival (USA), Podium Festival Haugesund (Norway), and Eilat Festival (Israel). On CD, the Linos Piano Trio’s recently published recording of the Complete Piano Trios of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach has been garnering critical acclaim, qualified as “thrilling” (Online Merker), “beautiful and poised” (Rondo Magazin), or noting “virtuosity, presence of mind and wit” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and “lively performances which are sensible to the myriad nuances of this composer’s idiom” (BBC Music Magazine). Vladimir’s contribution to La Serenissima’s CD Vivaldi x2 was singled out in glowing terms by Gramophone: “[a] soloist to whom I could listen all day, cellist Vladimir Waltham; hear his gently grainy, luminous tone and his sighing trills, and fall in love.”
Vladimir started learning the cello at the age of 5 in his native France, soon followed by piano lessons. At the age of 16, he realised that he found music much more fulfilling than his previous lifelong dream of becoming an astrophysicist, and decided to focus on the cello, moving to the UK to study first at the Yehudi Menuhin School, then at the Guildhall, from where he graduated in 2012 with a Master’s degree. That same year, he was selected by the Jumpstart foundation to receive the loan of a beautiful cello by Nicola Gagliano on which he plays a large part of his early music engagements. 2015 saw him take First Prize and the Audience Prize with his Linos Piano Trio at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and in 2016 he was awarded Third Prize at the International Bach Competition Leipzig on baroque cello.
When not busy traveling and performing, you can find Vladimir at home enjoying his love of cooking and of good coffee, or taking his family on a hike in the mountains.
Last updated 10 Aug 2020
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