British violinist and violist Madeleine Pickering has performed in numerous venues across London and the UK. She is currently completing her BMus (Hons) at the Royal Academy of Music, and has been offered a scholarship to continue there for her master’s degree, under the tutelage of Maureen Smith and Tasmin Little. Alongside her undergraduate studies with Maureen Smith, Madeleine studied viola with Garfield Jackson and received teaching from violinists Clio Gould, Michael Foyle, Carmine Lauri, Jennifer Pike and James Ehnes. Recent concerto performances include Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the Amadeus Orchestra, and Walton’s Violin Concerto with the Oxford Sinfonia.
Orchestral playing is becoming a major part of Madeleine’s career. After having co-led the National Youth Orchestra GB in 2015, she was made the youngest ever leader of the Amadeus Orchestra, a position she held from 2015-2018, performing with them regularly as leader and soloist. She led the Royal Academy Opera orchestra in 2016, and the Academy Chamber Orchestra in 2017. In 2018, Madeleine performed and recorded with the Britten-Pears Orchestra under Marin Alsop, and was awarded a place on the LSO String Experience Scheme, which is allowing her to rehearse and perform with the LSO.
Madeleine is first violinist of the Florizel Quartet, who, after just a few months of collaboration, received praise for their ‘powerful, colourful and multidimensional playing’. Since forming in 2015, they have performed in Tuscany and in various UK venues including Colston Hall. The Quartet have received tutelage from Martin Outram and Jon Thorne, and are winners of the 2018 Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize.
Madeleine is a Biddy Baxter award winner and is supported by Help Musicians.