”What a fine vehicle is here provided for the virtuosity of Lawrence Power….(he) put on a fabulous display of technique, projection, sensitivity and authority.”
David Fanning, The Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2008
Lawrence Power first gained international recognition as the first British winner of The William Primrose International Viola Competition. Now much in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, he is deeply committed to exploring and extending the viola repertoire with recent premieres of works by the likes of Kaefer, Toovey, Turnage, Matthews, Watkins and Beamish.
Since his London solo debut with The Philharmonia, he is highly sought after in the UK and abroad, appearing as soloist with orchestras such as the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, English Chamber, Scottish Chamber, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Verbier Festival Chamber, New Zealand Symphony, Lucerne Festival Strings, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Philharmonisches Staatsorchester in Mainz. In addition to his solo career, he is much in demand as a chamber musician, as violist in both the Nash Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio. He is a frequent guest at international music festivals such as Verbier, Vancouver, Oslo, and Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Cheltenham in the UK.
His discography includes the world premiere recording of concertos by York Bowen and Cecil Forsyth, Brahms Viola Sonatas and Trio, concertos by Walton and Rubbra and York Bowen’s complete works for viola and piano with Simon Crawford-Phillips (all for Hyperion Records), and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Maxim Vengerov for EMI. A recording of Hindemith’s sonatas for Viola and Piano with Simon Crawford-Phillips was released in June 2009 and was chosen by Gramophone magazine as ”Editor’s Choice”.
Lawrence Power plays a rare viola by the Bolognese maker Antonio Brensi from c.1610 and is fortunate to have had the support of the Nigel Brown instrument scheme in order to secure its purchase.
Highlights of the 09/10 season include concertos with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Stavanger Symphony, and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, an extensive European tour with the Jerusalem String Quartet and a return to the Verbier Festival. A new Macmillan concerto commission with the London Philharmonic Orchestra will also be premiered.