Cellist, composer, performer, cabaret artist, educator, mentor, media commentator and concert narrator, the increasingly un-categorisable Zoë Martlew travels the world as solo performer and with some of the world’s most renowned contemporary music ensembles, chamber groups, improvisation, film, electronica, multi-media, pop, rock, dance and theatre companies .
Her one woman musical cabaret Revue Z has recently played at festivals in Iceland, Spain, Denmark, Orkney and at Wigmore Hall, where she is a regular solo performer. Schott publish her music and recent/upcoming commissions include ensemble pieces for BCMG, CoMA, Occupy the Pianos Festival, a song cycle for Lucy Schaufer/Huw Watkins Cheltenham Festival, clarinet/electronics Mark Simpson and ensemble piece for Britten Oboe Quartet. She performed her amplified cello/tape funk piece Shift this spring in New York as part of a ballet choreographed by Antonia Franceschi, and her string trio Völuspá received its US premiere at Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival this summer where she was also coaching students and hosting composer discussions.
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, including artistic director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, cello tutor for the NYO and a regular jury member for international competitions. She studied at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, Clare College, Cambridge and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw.