Fenella Humphreys - Violin
“Fenella Humphreys captures the music’s wistful cantabile to perfection, producing a golden tone in all registers with the utmost sensitivity to where every phrase is moving.” - The Strad Magazine
Fenella Humphreys, winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, has won critical admiration and audience acclaim with the lyrical grace and intensity of her playing. She enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work, performing in prestigious venues around the world and being broadcast internationally. Over the past decade Fenella has captured international attention by applying spellbinding virtuosity to a strikingly broad range of compositions.
Her 'Bach to the Future' albums, winning the coveted BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, combined newly commissioned works with Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas and other repertoire landmarks. She has given the first performances of scores by, among others, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sally Beamish, Gordon Crosse, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Adrian Sutton.
Fenella’s latest album Four Seasons Recomposed with Covent Garden Sinfonia and Ben Palmer (Rubicon), mixing Max Richter’s groundbreaking work with music by Vasks and Pärt was released in June 2019. It placed at No. 6 in the Classical Charts, was BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Concerto Choice’ in September; chosen as one of BBC Radio 3’s pick of new releases on Essential Classics; and for Apple Music’s Classical A-List; was Scala Radio’s Album of the Week, and as been described by Radio 3’s Record Review as “…a delight. The whole thing is gently expressive, meditative, touching and very effective.”
2020 sees the release of Sibelius’ Concerto and Humoresques with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, premiere performances and recordings of music by Freya Waley-Cohen, Adrian Sutton, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Oliver Leith, Roxanna Panufnik and Sally Beamish, and getting her first cat.