Rupert Marshall-Luck

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for the verve, commitment and intelligence of his performances, RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK read Music at Cambridge University, where he was also an Instrumental Exhibitioner. After receiving his first degree, he was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to continue his violin studies with the eminent teacher Simon Fischer and thereafter won a Distinction for his degree of Master of Music. He now appears as soloist and recitalist at major festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and the USA. Recent performances have included an appearance at the 2012 English Music Festival; a recital at the 2012 Hay Festival, a concert which also launched his third disc for EM Records; and a performance in London as part of the festival ‘John Ireland in Chelsea’ with the pianist John Lenehan and the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. His recording of Gurney’s Violin Sonata in E-flat was released in February 2013; and concert plans for the coming season include a return visit to The English Music Festival in May, including an appearance as soloist in two newly commissioned works for violin and orchestra by Paul Carr and David Matthews; the London Première of Stanford’s Violin Concerto in G minor with the Orchestra of St Paul’s at St John’s, Smith Square; and a concert at Kings Place, London, which will feature the first performance of a specially commissioned Violin Sonata by the composer Bennett Zon. He will also be recording the complete music for violin and piano of Herbert Howells.

Rupert’s discography includes CDs for EM Records and Toccata Classics and his recordings have attracted glowing critical acclaim from the musical press, including ‘MusicWeb International’, ‘BBC Music Magazine’, ‘Gramophone’, ‘International Record Review’ and ‘The Strad’. His CD of Violin Sonatas by Bliss, Walford Davies and York Bowen with the pianist Matthew Rickard for EM Records (EMR CD001) was named as ‘Recording of the Month’ by ‘MusicWeb International’, the duo’s playing being described as “fiery to the point of molten” and “completely dedicated and immersed”; ‘BBC Music Magazine’ also commended the CD: “Besides bombproof tuning and serious reserves of firepower, [Marshall-Luck’s] musicianship offers full-throated, gloss-free fullness of tone which would impress in any context”; whilst ‘International Record Review’ highlighted the disc’s “inspiring confidence” and “real authority”, stating: “Marshall-Luck and Rickard offer an ideal combination of enterprising programming, some impressive musical archaeology to bring these works to life, and superb playing”. A disc of the Second Violin Sonata of Joseph Holbrooke and the Viola Sonata of Granville Bantock (EMR CD003), released in October 2011, also received much praise, ‘Gramophone’ noting the “ideal purity” of his playing, and ‘International Record Review’ commenting: “Marshall-Luck responds admirably to this style and conveys it with complete conviction... [he is] as excellent an exponent of the viola as he is of the violin.” His recording of Vaughan Williams’s Violin Sonata, Holst’s Five Pieces and Walford Davies’s Violin Sonata in E-flat was hailed by ‘The Strad’ for its “deeply committed and discriminating performances ... Marshall-Luck’s ability to spin cantabile lines with the subtlest of inflections pays dividends.”

As well as his busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician, Rupert is active as a writer and speaker on the performing aspects of music, and he has presented lecture-recitals, seminars and masterclasses at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford, at University College London, and for the Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth. He is General Editor of EM Publishing, which issues scholarly-critical editions of hitherto-unpublished works by British composers; and he has edited a number of works for performance and recording, including Violin Sonatas by Bantock, Bliss, Gurney, Sacheverell Coke and Walford Davies.

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Rupert Marshall-Luck appeared at St. Peter’s on Saturday 3rd October 2015

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Listen to Rupert’s latest CD recording with pianist Matthew Rickard