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Charlie Siem

Charlie Siem

Charlie Siem is one of today’s foremost young violinists, with such a wide-ranging diversity of cross-cultural appeal as to have played a large part in defining what it means to be a true artist of the twenty-first century. From 1998 to 2004, he studied the violin with Itzhak Rashkovsky in London at the Royal College of Music, and since 2004 has been mentored by Shlomo Mintz.

Siem has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras and chamber ensembles, including: the Bergen Philharmonic, the Camerata Salzburg, the Czech National Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with top conductors including: Charles Dutoit, Edward Gardner, Zubin Mehta, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Libor Pešek, and Yuri Simonov.

Currently signed to Sony Classical, Siem has a varied discography and has made a huge number of recordings. Among the most important one we remember the recording with the London Symphony Orchestra (Warner Classics, 2011) and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester (Sony Classical, 2014).

Passionate about bringing classical music to new audiences around the world, in addition to his classical performance career Siem has revived the age-old violinistic tradition of composing virtuosic variations of popular themes, which he has done alongside artists including: Bryan Adams, Jamie Cullum, and The Who. In 2014, he wrote his first composition, “Canopy,” for solo violin and string orchestra, which was commissioned by the USA television station CBS Watch! and recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra. Siem has also had numerous collaborations with fashion brands including: Armani, Chanel, Dior, Dunhill, and Hugo Boss.

Charlie Siem plays the 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the “D’Egvill.”

 

Performances

Wednesday, July 17 | 6:30 PM
Grand Cru Concertos: Sophia Bacelar, cello, Charlie Siem, violin, Mitya Nilov, percussion

A trio of rising classical music stars take the stage in the lovely courtyard of Castello di Amorosa. This showcase concert brings together three gifted young instrumentalists making a splash internationally: Cuban-Chinese-American cellist Sophia Bacelar, British violinist Charlie Siem, and the Belarus-born percussionist Mitya Nilov. Each performs a concerto with the Festival’s Blackburn Academy Orchestra, under Maestro Joel Revzen’s masterly baton.

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