Biography

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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 Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta,  BCMG, National Theatre, Christian Marclay, Ballet Boyz, Royal Ballet, Mira Calix, BFI, Phoenix Dance Company, Radiohead, Plaid, Incognito, Antonia Franceschi, Alexander Whitley, Richard Siegal.

Her one woman show Revue Z has played at festivals in Aldeburgh, Bath, Plush, Denmark, Iceland, Spain and Wigmore Hall in London where she is a regular solo performer. Schott publish her music and recent commissions include pieces for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group –  recorded for BBC Radio 3  as part of  concert directed by Thomas Adés – and for CoMA, which has had multiple performances since it’s 2016  inauguration including Hong Kong New Music Ensemble at Asturias Contemporary Music Festival in Spain. 

Zoë was a judge on BBC TV’s Maestro and Young Musician of the Year; commentator for BBC Proms, appeared on Newsnight Review, is regular guest BBC Radio 3, has contributed articles for publications including the Guardian, Evening Standard, Classical Music Magazine, The Strad and was on the UK panel for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

She is much in demand for educational activities including Artistic Director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, tutor for the National Youth Orchestra GB, Harstad Strings in arctic Norway, Aldeburgh Music, Pro Corda, 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, is naturally blonde and draws the line at Country and Western.

“…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