Cellist, composer, performer, cabaret artist, educator, mentor, curator, media commentator and concert narrator, the increasingly un-categorisable Zoë Martlew travels the world in a variety of all those roles, 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.
She’s given countless world premiere performances at notable new music festivals including Aldeburgh, Dark Music Days (Iceland), Faster than Sound, Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Huddersfield, Konfrontationen (Austria), Latitude, Ruhr Triennale (Germany), Sound Scotland, Tanglewood (US), Ultima (Norway).
As composer/performer, Zoë has collaborated with New York City Ballet dancer/ choreographer Antonia Franceschi on many projects including Ballet Black/Royal Opera House, 92Y New York (“Electrifying” – KQED – USA) ; working with Laurence Olivier award winning director Toby Sedgwick on her celebrated one-woman show Revue Z (“unmissable” Seen & Heard) which played worldwide including festivals in Banff (Canada), Copenhagen, MORS (Denmark), Plush, FIMLuque Andalucia, Reykjavik, St Magnus Festival (Orkney) and Wigmore Hall.
Schott publish her music and commissions include works for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (“gleefully tawdry, fabulous” 5:4), CoMA, St John’s Smith Square, song cycle for Cheltenham Festival /Lucy Schaufer and Huw Watkins (“dazzling” Classical Music Magazine; “nuanced, layered vignettes, expertly rendered” Music Opinion), Riot Ensemble, Onyx Brass Ensemble, Spitalfields Festival Bach Reworkd, Wigmore Hall, IOWA University, clarinettist Mark Simpson (“staggeringly beautiful Atma, a complete jewel of sonic theatre that will resonate in my mind for months to come” – Helen Wallace, Artistic Director/CEO Kings Place London) and a heavy metal number for David Bruce’s celebrated YouTube channel.
Her string trio Völuspá received its US premiere at Tanglewood Festival 2019 (“music that rises to a plangent emotional peak” – Wall St Journal) and her music is released on NonClassical label and October House Records label. She is a new Women Make Music artist, supported by PRSF.
Zoë is much in demand as presenter, panel host, inspirational speaker and for international competition juries, including BBC TV’s Maestro , Young Musician of the Year; BBC Proms, BBC Radio and TV, Newsnight; Young Musician of the Gulf (Bahrain), Royal Philharmonic Society, Ivor Awards, Eurovision Song Contest. She has written for publications including Classical Music Magazine, The Strad, Guardian, Sound and Music, Sinfini and her own Z Blog, and is regular live and online concert presenter for Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Southbank Sinfonia and London Sinfonietta, for whom she hosts podcast series The Music That Made Me.
A passionate advocate of excellence in music education, Zoë has taught at conservatoires, universities, schools and music festivals worldwide including Royal Academy, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Ho Chi Minh Conservatoire, Cambridge, Oxford, York, Surrey and Princeton Universities. She is string tutor for National Youth Orchestra of GB, chamber music coach Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival (U.S.), artistic director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, workshop leader Harstad Strings in arctic Norway, Aldeburgh Young Musicians/ Britten Pears and creative mentor for emerging and established artists including Heloise Werner and the Hermes Experiment.
Zoë studied at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London, Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and Clare College, Cambridge University.