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.

Her one woman show Revue Z has recently played at festivals in Aldeburgh, Plush, Denmark, Iceland, Spain and the Wigmore Hall in London, where she also is giving a recital of music for cello and electronics this spring. The premiere of her Sound Investor commission for BCMG “Broad Street Burlesque” was recorded for BBC Radio 3 last year and her commission for CoMA ”Slap On” has had multiple performances since it’s 2016 summer inauguration, going to Oviedo festival in Spain later this year. Schott publish some of her music.

Zoë was a judge on BBC TV’s Maestro and Young Musician of the Year; appeared on Newsnight Review, is regular guest BBC Radio 3 and and was on the UK panel for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

She is much in demand for educational activities: – is Artistic Director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, cello tutor for the National Youth Orchestra GB, recently leading Harstad Strings in arctic Norway, and is a regular jury member for international competitions including Royal Philharmonic Society awards and Young Musician of the Gulf in Bahrain.

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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