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Tasmin Little


Tasmin Small is really a versatile and appealing British violinist that has still left few musical rocks unturned in her busy profession. Like a concerto soloist, a recitalist, a chamber musician, and also like a scholar and tv producer, she’s demonstrated that her passions know few limitations, and, specifically in England, she’s become something of the celebrity. Created in London in 1965, Small studied in the Yehudi Menuhin College (where Nigel Kennedy was a classmate) as well as the Guildhall College of Music, where she was a platinum medal champion. She later analyzed privately in Toronto with Lorand Fenyves. The entire year 1988 designated two essential debuts: a recital at London’s Purcell Space using the pianist Piers Street (that has continued to be a regular chamber music partner), and her single debut using the Hallé Orchestra. Through the 1990s, Small built a good international reputation, frequently dealing with Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, along with other renowned conductors, and showing unusually personable recitals where she engages straight with the target audience in conversation of the music. Through the same period, Small started a prodigious documenting career, showing up on excellent problems from EMI, Chandos, Decca, Virgin, and Hyperion. The true breadth of her repertory makes focus when analyzing her discography, with a selection of concertos (Brahms, Bruch, Delius, Dvorák, Lalo, Sibelius, Walton, among others); chamber functions by Debussy, Poulenc, and Ravel; and a number of miniatures. She’s been particularly from the music of Frederick Delius, about whom she created a tv documentary (BBC2’s The Functions). She was granted the Diapason d’Or on her behalf documenting of Delius’ sonatas, as well as the Delius Culture released her scholarly paper around the composer’s Violin Concerto. Another documentary in 2008 adopted her creation from the Nude Violin, a single recital program provided free of charge internet download. Her 2010 Chandos documenting from the Elgar Violin Concerto was called “Critics Choice” in the 2011 Classics BRIT Honours. Appointment as Official from the Order from the English Empire adopted in 2012, and Little’s documenting career, devoted to the Chandos label, continuing without flagging. In 2016 she released a triple-CD routine of Beethoven’s violin-and-piano sonatas with Martin Roscoe, and she documented music from Strauss and Respighi to Ravel, along with the violin preferred The Lark Ascending of Ralph Vaughan Williams. She continued to be best known on her behalf performances of United kingdom music, and she was well-positioned to make use of the rise in reputation of tonal United kingdom repertoire. In 2015 she became a member of the Delius Collection for violin and orchestra towards the uncommon Violin Concerto in G minimal, Op. 80, of African-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor along with a concerto by “light music” (or easy hearing) composer Haydn Timber. A fan preferred by the middle-2010s, she was also tapped for crossover tasks such as a Violin for many Seasons (2016). Small has trained at her alma mater, the Guildhall College of Music. In 2016 she was granted honorary account within the Royal Academy of Music.

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Full Name Tasmin Little
Profession Violinist
Education Yehudi Menuhin School
Nationality British, English
Awards Classic Brit Critics Award
Music Songs Fratres for Violin and Piano, The Lark Ascending, Silentium, Romance "The Gadfly", Salut d'amour Op. 12, Danse espagnole, Banjo and Fiddle, Introduction and Tarantella, Prelude and Allegro in the style of Gaetano Pugnani, Schindler's List Theme, Tchaikovskiana, Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani, Praeludium and Allegro, Cuban Dance No. 2, La Gitana, Dumka, Nigun, Delius: Violin Concerto, The Bumble Bee, I. Adagio, Liebesleid, Tambourin chinois Op. 3, Lloyd: Dance, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 61: II. Andante, Legend in E flat, Czardas, Violin Concerto in A major, op. 8: I. Allegro moderato -, Double Concerto: With moderate speed -, Violin Concerto: [Cadenza] -, Double Concerto: Quietly -, Violin Concerto in A major, op. 8: II. Romanza: Andante, Spiegel im Spiegel
Albums The Naked Violin, Complete Sonatas for Piano & Violin, A Violin for All Seasons, Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas, Elgar: Violin Concerto, Bruch: Scottish Fantasy / Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Paris / Double Concerto / Cello Concerto, Violin Concertos, Wood, Coleridge-Taylor & Delius: Music for Violin & Orchestra, Franck, Fauré & Szymanowski: Works for Violin & Piano, Violin Concerto / On Hearing the First Cuckoo In Spring / Summer Night on the River / Dance Rhapsodies, Violin Concerto / Prelude / Romance / In Years Defaced, Violin Concerto / Viola Concerto, Symphony no. 1 / Violin Concerto, Tabula Rasa, Partners in Time: From Bach to Bartók, Virtuoso Violin, Delius: Double Concerto - Violin Concerto - Cello Concerto, Violin and Cello Concertos, Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra, The Four Violin Sonatas, Symphony no. 6 / Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / The Lark Ascending, Tasmin Little: Brahms, Sibelius & Part, Fauré, Lekeu & Ravel: Violin Sonatas, Tasmin Little: Bruch, Dvorak & Lalo, Lloyd: Works for Violin and Piano, The Lark Ascending, Dohnanyi: Violin Sonata, Op.21; Ruralia Hungarica, Op.32c; Serenade, Op.10, Delius: Violin Concerto; Dance Rhapsodies Nos. 1 & 2; Summer Night On The River etc, Orchestral Works, Volume 4: Symphony no. 1 / Partita / Chain 2 / Preludia taneczne, Tchaikovskiana, Bruch & Brahms Violin Concertos, Ravel, Poulenc, Debussy & Delius, Enigma Variations / Pomp and Circumstance / The Crown of India, Tasmin Little: Violin Showpieces, Fratres / Tabula rasa / Spiegel im Spiegel / Summa / Festina lente / Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten, Invocation
Nominations Classic Brit Award for Female Artist of the Year

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1 London. England: Violinist [June 2012]
2 She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to music. She is a violinist.



La tête haute 2015 performer: "Spiegel im Spiegel for Violin and Piano"
Movie 43 2013 performer: "Spiegel Im Spiegel"
Phantom Limb 2005 Documentary short performer: "Silentium" from Tabula Rasa
Soldados de Salamina 2003 performer: "Spiegel Im Spiegel"
Mother Night 1996 performer: "Spiegel Im Spiegel", "Fratres"



Yehudi Menuhin: Who Was Yehudi? 2016 TV Movie documentary Herself
Proms Extra 2014 TV Series Herself
BBC Proms 2012 TV Series Herself - Soloist
BBC Proms 2011 TV Series Herself - Soloist / Herself - Violinist
Sunday AM 2008 TV Series Herself - Violinist
The Works 1997 TV Series documentary Herself - Presenter

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