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Lorraine McAslan


On the concert platform and in the recording studio, the extraordinary gifts of Scottish born violinist Lorraine McAslan have been hailed by critics at home and abroad.

‘Miss McAslan is clearly a big talent,’ said the New York Times

The Strad called her ‘One of the most distinguished British violinists of her generation

Initially trained in London with David Martin, Lorraine McAslan moved to New York at the age of seventeen on the recommendation of Isaac Stern to study with Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School. Since then she has shared the concert platform with many of Britain’s greatest orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra, and with conductors including Andrew Davis, Raymond Leppard, Jerzy Maksymuik, Libor Pesek, the late Alexander Gibson and Jukka Pekka Saraste.

Her European debut with the Bern Symphony Orchestra under Eliahu Inbal was broadcast live on Swiss Radio. In addition to playing regularly on network radio in Britain her much acclaimed television appearances include performances with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and recitals in BBC 2’s Music in Camera series.

Lorraine is in great demand as a concerto soloist worldwide. In addition to an extensive standard repertoire, she has performed the Violin concerto by Howard Blake with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and she premiered the Violin concerto by Lionel Sainsbury at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (‘the star of the show…Lorraine McAslan made a superbly full sound with clear and accurate high notes and a technique to die for
Music & Vision magazine) and on Radio with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Internationally she has toured Japan with the London Chamber Orchestra and appeared with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 she returned to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to give a performance of the Bruch Violin concerto No. 2 to great critical acclaim (Bruch's Violin Concerto found a worthy champion in the Scottish-born, Juilliard-trained violinist Lorraine McAslan ... tackled every virtuosic passage with great confidence and panache the Singapore Sinfonia Co.)

A committed chamber musician, Lorraine performs in recital with John Blakely, Nigel Clayton, John Lenehan and Piers Lane. She has become a popular performer at festivals throughout the U.K. including Aldeburgh, Bath and Cheltenham.

Lorraine’s fourteen recordings for ASV, Collins, and Naxos include concerti by Mozart, Hoffman, and Coleridge Taylor and chamber works by Elgar, Walton, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, and Britten. Her recording of the Britten Violin concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra was released to great critical acclaim (‘it is among the very best recordings I have heard’
Gramophone Magazine). Her interest in neglected British composers has led her to record the chamber music and violin sonatas of Bridge, Leighton, Benjamin and Bantock. In 2003 Lorraine released her second CD of music by Rebecca Clarke, including three duets for 2 violins, and two sonatas for violin and piano.

Lorraine pursues a busy teaching career at the Royal Academy of Music, and plays on an Andreas Guarneri violin of 1691, on kind loan from the Academy.

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