Cellist, composer, performer, cabaret artist, educator, mentor, podcaster and presenter, the increasingly un-categorisable Zoë Martlew travels the world as solo performer and with some of the world’s most renowned contemporary music ensembles, chamber groups, improvisation, film, electronica, multi-media, pop, rock, dance and theatre companies and her own one woman cabaret show, Revue Z .
Schott publish her music and commissions include works for Ballet Black, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Cheltenham Festival, Riot Ensemble, Onyx Brass Ensemble, Spitalfields Festival, Wigmore Hall, IOWA University, clarinettist Mark Simpson and a heavy metal number for David Bruce’s YouTube channel.
Zoë was a judge on BBC TV’s Maestro and Young Musician of the Year; is regular guest commentator/presenter for BBC radio and TV, jury member for international competitions including Young Musician of the Gulf (Bahrain), Royal Philharmonic Society, Ivor Novello Awards, and was on the UK panel for the Eurovision Song Contest. She is a regular concert presenter/online host for Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre in London, Southbank Sinfonia and London Sinfonietta for whom she also hosts a podcast series.
She is much in demand for educational activities, including chamber music coach (and interview host) at Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival (U.S.), artistic director of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival in Vietnam, string tutor for NYO (GB), workshop leader/tutor Aldeburgh Young Musicians/ Britten Pears projects, creative mentor for many emerging and established artists including Heloise Werner and Hermes Experiment, and is chamber music tutor/lecturer at Royal Academy of Music.
She studied at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, Clare College, Cambridge and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw. She is naturally blonde and draws the line at Country and Western.
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