22 January 2018

Tamsin Waley Cohen is joined by pianist Huw Watkins for a new disc exploring folk- inspired Bohemia from before the First World War – featuring works by Antonin Dvorak, Josef Suk and Leos Janacek.

This disc follows Tamsin’s recent critically-praised disc of Roy Harris and John Adams’ Violin Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as previous discs with Huw Watkins exploring some lesser-known gems of the violin and Piano repertoire.

Waley-Cohen and Watkins articulate the overall narrative beautifully

Gramophone Jan '18

Waley-Cohen captures the score's spirit of infectious bonhomie to perfection, and brings an air of uncluttered simplicity and ingenuousness to the Four Romantic Pieces, creating the bracing impression of inspired improvisation.

The Strad Jan '18

Sounds of central Europe presented with improvisatory panache

The Strad Jan '18

Signum Records


2 June 2017

Permutations is a new work by Freya Waley-Cohen, commissioned as part of a Aldeburgh Festival’s 2017 season and exploring the relationship between architecture and music.

It’s an imaginative and absorbing piece, rendered here with great finesse.

Gramophone Aug '17

...severe demands on the violin soloists technique, which Tamsin Waley-Cohen takes in her stride

Andrew Benson-Wilson Jul '17

impressively well-developed six part musical composition of intense counterpoint

Early Music Today Jul '17

Signum Records

Roy Harris, John Adams: Violin Concertos

30 September 2016

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017 shortlist
Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen continues her series of concerto recordings on Signum with two contrasting works by American composers.

...her interpretation is technically beyond reproach and musically imaginative

Gramophone Sep '17

Here are the before and after of postwar American music ... The versatile Tamsin Waley-Cohen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Litton sound equally at home in both.

Financial Times Oct '16

Tamsin Waley-Cohen handles [John Adams concerto's] gruelling solo part with athleticism and conviction

The Guardian Oct '16

Signum Records

Hahn & Szymanowski: Works for Violin & Piano

1 September 2015

Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins continue their duo partnership with a new recording of works by two trailblazing composers from France and Poland respectively - Reynaldo Hahn and Karol Szymanowski.

An intelligent recital disk...all played with verve and style.

The Guardian Sep '15

...her bow rasping on the string in the composer’s passionate flights, her sound meltingly beautiful and fragile in his graceful melodies

The Strad Jan '16

She has a potent rhetorical style, moving neatly from dramatic flourishes and cadenzas into gentle lyricism

The Strad Jan '16

Signum Records

SOLI: Works for Solo Violin

6 April 2015

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, a violinist of ‘fearless intensity’ (The Guardian), explores post-1944 solo repertoire, pushing the instrument to its limits. Bartok’s Solo Sonata, an ‘Everest’ of the violin repertoire, sits at the heart of this recording which also includes Penderecki’s Cadenza, and miniatures by Carter, Gyorgy Kurtag and George Benjamin.

...passion and musical imagination throughout, the fiendish multiple stops and alternations between bowed and plucked notes assured in tone and precise in intonation

BBC Music Magazine Sep '15

...her playing, often forceful and uncompromising, carries real conviction

Gramophone Jul '15

it's a measure of Waley-Cohen's commitment and energy (not to mention prodigious technique) that [the disc] succeeds utterly

Classical Music Magazine Jun '15

Signum records

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

10 October 2014

British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen adds to her already prodigious reputation with a new disc of timeless works for strings by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar.

Joined again the the Orchestra of the Swan under David Curtis, the centre piece of the programme is an enchanting performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

The Lark Ascending's opening solo searches out an extreme degree of musical space in a way that's at once daring and mesmerising

BBC Music Magazine Jan '15

her sense of line and capacity to make things happen are both beautiful and strikingly individual

BBC Music Magazine Nov '14

Waley-Cohen's playing is memorable for its confident, earthy grit.

Sinfini Music Nov '14

Signum Records

1917: Works for Violin and Piano

7 April 2014

Rising-star violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is joined by the eminent pianist-composer Huw Watkins in a diverse programme of works that were all influenced in different ways by the era in which they were composed. The works were conceived at four very different points in the composer’s lives – Debussy, at the end of his life, Respighi in the first flush of fame, Elgar, although not old, enjoying his last creative period, and Sibelius in his prime composing prolifically.

These four contrasting works were all composed as the Great War drew to a close, but none of them specifically attempts to conjure up images of the conflict, nor act as any kind of programmatic memorial to its victims. Rather, these works are all conceived as absolute music, albeit, in the case of the Elgar and Debussy sonatas, imbued with a melancholy regret that may have been a reflection of those tragic four years.

...a wonderfully subtle, introspective and touching performance.

The Guardian Jun '14

Signum records

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor

2 September 2013

The Violin Concerto in D minor was composed when Mendelssohn was just 13, and has remained popular with audiences the world over since its rediscovery in the middle of the 20th century by Yehudi Menuhin. The work is paired on this disc with Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin & Piano, where Waley-Cohen is joined by British pianist Huw Watkins, all alongside the enthusiastic accompaniment of the Orchestra of the Swan under David Curtis.

Signum Records

An American In Paris

3 June 2013

Tamsin says of this project: "Song is one of the primary connections between all the works on this disc: folk songs, cafe songs, blues songs, traditional songs. I grew up with many of them; the Ives and the Gershwin, and even the Blues in the Ravel, from my American Mother. Some, such as the cafe songs of the Poulenc, are part of my European heritage. The juxtaposition of the beauty of these songs with the sardonic humour and the macabre, which in particular inhabit both the Ives and the Poulenc, adds power and poignancy to the content of these works."

Champs Hill Records