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/ NMC, Spitalfields Festival Bach Reworkd, Héloïse Werner/Wigmore Hall, IOWA University, clarinettist Mark Simpson, song cycle for Holland Park Opera – Alessandro Fisher (tenor) and Lana Bode (piano), and a heavy metal number for David Bruce’s celebrated YouTube channel.
Upcoming commissions include a new song cycle for Andrew Watts (counter tenor) and Ian Burnside (piano) for Wigmore Hall, and work for Ben Goldscheider (horn and electronics). Her music is released on Meridian, NonClassical and October House Records label, and 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 was long term cello/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 new music programmes and creative mentor for emerging and established artists including Héloïse 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.