Winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career focusing on chamber music and solo work. Her playing has been described in the press as ‘amazing’ (The Scotsman) and ‘a wonder’ (IRR).
A champion of new and unknown music, a number of eminent British composers have written for Fenella. Works include a set of 6 works for solo violin from composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Sally Beamish and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. She has been fortunate to record these over two critically acclaimed CDs for Champs Hill Records, both chosen by BBC Music Magazine as Instrumental disc of the month with 5 Star reviews, and the second also picked as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Described on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review as an ‘absolutely exquisite album’, and a Recommended Recording in The Strad Magazine, Fenella’s acclaimed CD So Many Stars with Nicola Eimer was released on Stone Records in 2019. Max Richter: Four Seasons Recomposed album on Rubicon Classics was chosen as BBC Music Magazine’s Concerto Choice, Scala’s Album of the Week, and included in Apple Music’s Classical A-List. Her 2021 album of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Humoresques with BBCNOW, was released to great critical acclaim and was also chosen as Scala Radio’s album of the week, and featured in BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library and Gramophone Magazine’s guide to the concerto. Works by Sibelius for violin and piano with Joseph Tong released in 2022 was BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Choice. Recently released on Rubicon Classics, Caprices explores Études and Caprices from Paganini to the present day, including new works by Freya Waley-Cohen, Laurence Osborn and Oliver Leith, and a new set of variations on Paganini’s 24th Caprice with composers including Héloïse Werner, Emily Howard and Robin Haigh. “Really, very impressive” (Gramophone Magazine), “technically and musically superb” (The Strad).
A passionate chamber musician, Fenella enjoys collaborations with artists including Martin Roscoe, Nicholas Daniel and Peter Donohoe, and performs regularly with the Roscoe Piano Trio, Perpetuo and Counterpoise. Fenella plays on a G.B. Guadagnini violin kindly on loan from Jonathan Sparey.
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