Vladimir Waltham : cello

Vladimir Waltham

French‐English cellist Vladimir Waltham was born in 1989 into a family of musicians. He joined the Toulouse Conservatoire at the age of 6 studying cello with Lluís Claret and piano with Thierry Huillet.  After a brief period spent at the Conservatoire of Pau, he joined the cello class of Pierre Doumenge at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Britain. He then went on to study with Mr. Doumenge at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he also studied baroque cello with Alison McGillivray and viols with Liam Byrne, frequently appearing as solo, principal or continuo cellist with the school’s various orchestras, before graduating in 2012.

Vladimir divides his time between solo, chamber and teaching work on both modern and baroque cello. He has appeared as a concerto soloist in England and France and is a founding member of the Linos Piano Trio (formerly the Lakeside Trio), which has earned high praise for its “slow-burning, gripping” performances; it made its debut at the Wigmore Hall in March 2012.  In September 2011 he founded the Hieronymus Quartet with three fellow postgraduates from the Guildhall which was selected to represent the school in the 2012 Cavatina Intercollegiate Prize for Chamber Music, where it took both the main prize and the audience prize and has since received numerous glowing reviews for its performances. In 2013 he was one of two young musicians selected by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation which now loans him a baroque cello by Nicola Gagliano.  In 2013 his Duo Domenico was the recipient of the audience prize at the York Early Music Competition.

He has performed in all of London’s major halls (Wigmore, Barbican, Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, Cadogan halls, King’s Place, Purcell Room, St Martin-in­-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square), and also in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Musiekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Vienna’s Schönberg Center, and many more. He has shared the platform with Philippe Graffin, Daniel Phillips, Daniel Rowland, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Karine Georgian, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Baillie and many others.

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