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.
As composer/performer, Zoë collaborated with New York City Ballet dancer/choreographer Antonia Franceschi and projects for Ballet Black/Royal Opera House, POP8, Soho Theatre London, 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 Aldeburgh, 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 and a heavy metal number for David Bruce’s YouTube channel.
Her string trio Völuspá premiered 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.
Zoë was a judge on BBC TV’s Maestro and Young Musician of the Year; is regular guest commentator/presenter for BBC radio and TV, Newsnight; jury member for international competitions including Young Musician of the Gulf (Bahrain), Royal Philharmonic Society, Ivor Novello Awards, and was on the UK panel for the 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 also hosts podcast series “The Music That Made Me”.
She is much in demand for educational activities, including chamber music coach (and interview host) at Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival (U.S.), artistic director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, string tutor for National Youth Orchestra of GB, workshop leader/tutor Harstad Strings in arctic Norway, Aldeburgh Young Musicians/ Britten Pears, creative mentor for emerging and established artists including Heloise Werner and the Hermes Experiment and is chamber music tutor/lecturer at Royal Academy of Music.
Zoë studied at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London, Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and Clare College, Cambridge University.