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 played at festivals in Iceland, Spain, Denmark, Orkney and at Wigmore Hall, where she is a regular solo performer. 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, Britten Oboe Quartet and death metal band 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” and “Lockdown Live” online.
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 chamber music coach at Royal Academy of Music, artistic director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, cello tutor for the NYO and 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.