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 and her own one woman cabaret show, Revue Z .
Schott publish her music and commissions include works for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, CoMA, Occupy the Pianos Festival, song cycle for Lucy Schaufer/Huw Watkins Cheltenham Festival, Riot Ensemble Zeitgeist series. Upcoming commissions include works for clarinet/electronics Mark Simpson, cello/piano duo Timothy Gill and David Gompper/IOWA University/Atlanta Records, Bach-inspired work for Spitalfields Festival and a death metal band number for David Bruce’s YouTube channel.
She performed her amplified cello/tape funk piece Shift, Trip at 92Y New York last summer choreographed for dancers by Antonia Franceschi, and her string trio Völuspá received its US premiere at Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival 2019 where she was string tutor and leading public composer forums. She is host of London Sinfonietta’s new podcast series “The Music That Made Me”, “Lockdown Live” online and presenter for live-streamed Wigmore Hall concert series.
Zoë was a judge on BBC TV’s Maestro and Young Musician of the Year; regular guest commentator/presenter for BBC radio and TV, 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, regular international competition jury member and chamber music tutor/lecturer at Royal Academy of Music. She studied at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, Clare College, Cambridge and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw.