Rupert Marshall-Luck — viola, violin
Hailed by BBC Music Magazine for his “handsome tone and laser-like tuning”, and acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for the verve, commitment and intelligence of his performances, Rupert Marshall-Luck appears as soloist and recitalist at major festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and the USA. Recent performances have included the London Première of Stanford’s Violin Concerto in G minor with the Orchestra of St Paul’s at St John’s, Smith Square; an appearance at Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Room as part of the EMF Autumn Festival; a performance of Moeran’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Martin Yates, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3; and a recital in Bamberg as part of the festival ‘Britannia in Bamberg’. His recording of the complete music for violin and piano of Herbert Howells with Matthew Rickard for EM Records was released in April 2014; he has also, for the same label, made the World Première recordings of Violin Concertos by Robin Milford and Charles Villiers Stanford with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, which was released to critical acclaim in May last year. Future plans include the World Première performances of four specially-commissioned works for solo violin, each inspired by the life and historical perspectives of Richard III; the recording of a double-disc set for EM Records of the complete music for violin and piano by C. Hubert H. Parry; and a recording of the Double Concerto of Percy Sherwood with the cellist Joseph Spooner and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He will also be appearing on a disc of new works with the BBC Concert Orchestra alongside the pianist David Owen Norris and the baritone Roderick Williams: the CD will be recorded in January 2016.
Rupert’s recordings have attracted glowing critical acclaim from the international musical press, including BBC Music Magazine, Fanfare, Gramophone, International Record Review, MusicWeb International and The Strad. Among recent discs, his double-disc set of the complete works for violin and piano by Herbert Howells for EM Records (EMR CD019–20) was named as ‘Recording of the Month’ by MusicWeb International; whilst International Record Review also commended the set: “We have music of distinction and performances to match. A decisive view of how the structures must knit together and considerable mental stamina from both players are firmly implanted into the performances”. His recording of Stanford’s Violin Concerto no.2 and Robin Milford’s Violin Concerto, with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, was hailed by Gramophone for its “dashingly committed treatment”; and The Strad stated: “Rupert Marshall-Luck is an ideal interpreter: generously but not effusively lyrical; agile and athletic”. A disc of John Pickard’s chamber music for Toccata Classics (TOCC 0150) was also praised by Fanfare, being highlighted as “a compact disc not to be missed”; and International Record Review commented: “Rupert Marshall-Luck proves as adept in an overtly contemporary idiom as in those of the early twentieth century with which he is most associated”.
As well as his busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician, Rupert is active as a writer and speaker on the performing aspects of music, and he has presented lecture-recitals, seminars and masterclasses at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford, at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and at University College London. He is General Editor of EM Publishing, which issues scholarly-critical editions of hitherto-unpublished works by British composers; and he has edited a number of works for performance and recording, including Violin Sonatas by Bantock, Bliss, Gurney, Sacheverell Coke and Walford Davies. His edition of Elgar’s popular salon piece Salut d’Amour, which includes the first issue of Elgar’s own version for cello and piano, was recently published by G. Henle Verlag of Munich.