Biography

Cellist, performer, composer, media commentator and educator, the increasingly un-categorisable Zoë Martlew performs and records around the world as soloist and with some of the world’s most renowned contemporary music ensembles, improvisation, film, electronica, multi-media, pop and rock artists, dance and theatre companies including London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ballet Boyz, Phoenix Dance Company, Almeida Theatre,  British Film Institute, Radiohead.

Her one woman musical cabaret Revue Z has recently played at festivals in Aldeburgh, Denmark and Iceland and goes to the Wigmore Hall, Bienale Festival in Luque, Spain, and Plush Festival this summer . Since being recently taken on by Schott’s, she has had four cello pieces and two choral pieces published. The Primrose Piano Quartet has given her Variation Z multiple performances and recorded it for Meridian label; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group premieres her Sound Investor commission “Broadstreet Burlesque” for ensemble this June, recorded for BBC Radio Three, and her new ensemble commission for CoMA will be premiered later this year.

Zoë was a judge on BBC TV’s Maestro and Young Musician of the Year; regular guest commentator/presenter for BBC Proms and Radio 3 and and was on the UK panel for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

She is much in demand for educational activities, giving masterclasses, seminars and workshops at universities, music conservatoires and festivals around the world including Aldeburgh Music, Britten Pears School, Pro Corda, Dartington Summer School, and recently at Tromsø Conservatoire and Harstad String Seminar in northern Norway. She is artistic director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival, coaching and performing in Vietnam, regular cello tutor /workshop leader for the National Youth Orchestra and is a regular jury member for international composition and string playing competitions, including the Royal Philharmonic Society awards.

She studied at the Royal College of Music, Clare College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw.

“…sparks of electricity. Martlew drew from a deep well of expressive intensity…A shimmering performance…uncommon sensitivity.” THE STRAD

“the astonishing  Zoë Martlew (billed as ‘cellist/performer, a virtuoso show of understatement) in her spectacular Z Unleashed” ….the whole was so well prepared, given with such confidence, that this was an unforgettable experience.” Seen & Heard International

“Martlew set a pace that nearly set the floor on fire.”         INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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