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Madeleine Pickering - Violin


Madeleine Pickering is a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is studying for her MA in Violin Performance with Maureen Smith and Tasmin Little.

Madeleine’s first concerto performance was Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Since then, she has performed Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the Amadeus Orchestra, Walton’s Violin Concerto with the Oxford Sinfonia, and given numerous violin and piano duo performances at the Academy and externally.

After having co-led the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2015, Madeleine became the youngest ever leader of the Amadeus Orchestra, a position which she held until 2018, performing regularly with them as leader and soloist. In 2018, Madeleine performed and recorded with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and was awarded a place on the LSO String Experience Scheme in 2019. Madeleine regularly performs with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and has led and co-led these orchestras.

Madeleine is first violinist of the Ametza Quartet, who, having formed in September 2019, were awarded a place on the Academy’s ASSET Scheme for string quartets to study with Martin Outram. Alongside her violin studies, Madeleine has studied the viola with Garfield Jackson, and participated in masterclasses with distinguished musicians including James Ehnes, Jennifer Pike and Jack Liebeck. In 2016, she won first prize in the Royal Academy Theodore Holland Viola Prize, and in 2020 she won first prize in the Royal Academy Winifred Small Violin Prize.

Madeleine is supported by Help Musicians UK and Talent Unlimited, and is a Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Music Trust Special Award Winner.

submission May 2020