madeleine easton- violin
Madeleine Easton was born in Sydney and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with first class honours. She won the Sydney Conservatorium Concerto Prize, and was a finalist in both the 1999 Richard Goldner Concerto Competition and the 1998 Gisbourne International Music Competition in New Zealand. In 2000 she was a recipient of a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Meadowmount Summer School in New York State, and a year later won a place to study at postgraduate level with Dr Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music, where she graduated with distinction, winning the Royal College of Music String Prize.
Madeleine is in great demand both on modern and period violins, particularly as soloist and chamber musician. She has been a member and a guest principal with many of the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Australia. In London she regularly leads the New Professionals Ensemble, London Musical Arts Ensemble, Orchestra Nova, the Southern Sinfonia, the Musicians of the Globe and the New London Consort. In July 2006, she was appointed concertmaster of the Hanover Band in England. In London she also plays with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Gabrieli Consort, the Academy of Ancient Music, l’Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a soloist, Madeleine has performed with many symphony orchestras in Australia and the UK, including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Most recently, she performed Paganini’s 1st violin concerto in Norway, the Mendelssohn and the Brahms violin Concertos in London. Recent performances include a tour of England playing Bach violin concertos with the Hanover Band.
In 2008 Madeleine made the premiere recording of the complete Khandoshkin solo sonatas on a violin of the period and will be recording the complete Khandoshkin duos early next year. Other recording projects include the complete works for Violin and Piano by Schubert.