Paul Barritt

PAUL BARRITT (violin, viola) has been leader of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the English Chamber Orchestra and until recently, the Hallé, having performed with this orchestra for the past 20 years. His numerous recordings for violin and piano include the complete violin sonatas of Howells, Ireland, Stanford and Schoeck as well as the salon pieces of Albert Sammons (‘The English Kreisler’) and violin works of Rheinberger. During the 2005-6 season he recorded the complete Beethoven violin and piano music with James Lisney. With the ECO he performed Bach’s Double Concerto with Igor Oistrakh at the Barbican and with Maxim Vengerov at the Proms. With the Hallé Orchestra he gave performances of Beethoven Triple Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending. A recording of the Brahms Violin Sonatas on the Woodhouse label followed as well as a recording of Antony Hopkins’ Partita for solo violin. Paul Barritt and James Lisney have presented cycles of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas some 20 times, most recently in Holland and Belgium. In addition, he teaches and gives masterclasses as well as adjudicating at music festivals. In recent years Paul has been much in demand giving talks on the subject of Birds and Music, most notably for the Linnean Society of London.  Since leaving the Hallé, Paul looks forward eagerly to a musical life playing concertos, chamber music, recitals as well as teaching

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