The heart gives a little leap at the prospect of Dvorak chamber music, especially when it comes from a duo as engaging and intelligent as Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins. […] It feels as though these performers have got the scale of this music just right: Nothing forced, no obvious straining for effect, just fresh, thoughtful and committed interpretations shot through with poetry and alertness. This is real chamber music.
Gramophone (Richard Bratby), January 2018
“Waley-Cohen captures the score’s spirit of infectious bonhomie to perfection, and brings a similar air of uncluttered simplicity and ingenuousness to the Four Romantic Pieces [by Dvorak], creating the bracing impression of inspired improvisation.”
–The Strad (Julian Haylock) (Review of Bohemia (CD), 2017
“One of this year’s [Rising Stars] artists is the terrific British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen … In a programme that included a febrile and rhapsodic account of Poulenc’s Violin Sonata, Waley-Cohen gave the London premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Reflection ... this beautifully crafted eight-minute work is made of tiny aural brushstrokes suggesting water: ripples mirroring each other and bursting out in expression and ecstatic high lines.”
–The Observer (Fiona Maddocks), 2017
“Oliver Knussen’s eight-minute Reflection (2016), for violin and piano, had its London premiere from Tamsin Waley-Cohen and James Baillieu, superb players both. With its stylistic assurance and fresh-sounding impressionism ... it seemed a piece long present in the canon.”
–The Sunday Times (Paul Driver), 2017
“During the orchestral introduction, the soloist visibly entered into the soundworld, and this was echoed in the later orchestra-only sections, when her body language showed she was living the music with them. In every sense of the word, there was harmony between all players, a great feeling of supporting each other. The whole concerto was a triumph, but special mention goes to her pin-drop cadenza in the first movement, with eloquent silences and an exciting sense of anticipation. Affectionate applause was followed by Waley-Cohen's exquisite encore in the shape of J.S. Bach's Sarabande.”
–Bachtrack (David Mellor)
“Tamsin Waley-Cohen launches into Szymanowski’s Sonata with gusto, her bow rasping on the string in the composer’s passionate flights, her sound meltingly beautiful and fragile in his graceful melodies. She has a potent rhetorical style, moving neatly from dramatic flourishes and cadenzas into gentle lyricism.”
Described by the Guardian as a performer of "fearless intensity", young British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen has been one of the ECHO Rising Stars of the 2016/17 season. The ECHO tour has seen her perform in many of Europe’s foremost concert halls, including Musikverein in Vienna, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Barbican in London and Philharmonie in Cologne.
Orchestral debuts last season have included the Hallé Orchestra as well as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko.She has also returned to the Royal Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. In 2017/18, she makes her debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, performing and recording the world premiere of a new violin concerto by British composer Richard Blackford...