Violin

Charlie Siem


Artistic Director – New Generation Festival, Florence

Visiting Professor – Nanjing University of the Arts


Charlie Siem is one of today’s foremost young violinists. Born in London to a Norwegian father and British mother, he studied the violin first at the Royal College of Music with Itzhak Rashkovsky, and later Shlomo Mintz, whilst furthering his broader education at Eton College and Cambridge University. Siem works with many of the world’s finest orchestras (such as the London Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic) and conductors (including Charles Dutoit, Edward Gardner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Libor Pešek and Yuri Simonov). Passionate about bringing classical music to new audiences around the world, Siem has also had numerous violin-inspired collaborations with fashion brands including Dunhill, Armani, Boss, and Dior.

Charlie Siem returns to Basel for the Stars at Rhine Festival

26 Jun 2017

Charlie Siem returns to Basel for the Stars at Rhine Festival 2017. He will be playing on 30 June at the Museum Kleines Klingental alongside artists Catherine Sarasin, Anastasia Voltchok, and...

Charlie Siem’s debut tour of Australia

21 Mar 2017

This March/April sees Charlie Siem make his recital debut in Australia, with eight recitals throughout the New South Wales region and a programme that includes sonatas by Grieg, Beethoven and...

Charlie Siem will be touring in China at the beginning of March

09 Mar 2017

Charlie Siem will be travelling through China at the beginning of March to perform a series of recitals with pianist Caroline Jaya-Ratnam. They will start on 10 March at the Xuzhou Concert Hall,...

Charlie Siem returns to Munich

18 Feb 2017

On 5 March 2017 Charlie Siem makes his debut at the Herkulessaal, Münchner Residenz, performing the Brahms Concerto with the Württemburg Philharmonic Orchestra under...

Charlie Siem performs in Norway

21 Jan 2017

Returning to his father’s homeland, Charlie Siem begins 2017 by performing two concerts in Norway at the end of January. Joined once again by his sonata partner, the internationally acclaimed...

ICA is delighted to welcome British-Norwegian violinist Charlie Siem to its artist roster for General Management

11 Jan 2017

ICA is pleased to welcome British-Norwegian violinist Charlie Siem to its artist roster for General Management (except Greater China). One of today’s most popular young violinists, Siem works with...

Charlie Siem performs at Schloss Elmau

20 Dec 2016

On 27 December Charlie Siem performs in recital with his sonata partner, the internationally acclaimed Itamar Golan, at Schloss Elmau, Germany.  The evening concert will feature works by...

Charlie Siem performs in Milan

14 Dec 2016

Charlie Siem performs at the Teatro dal Verme with the Orchestra dell’Opera Italiana conducted by Matteo Pagliari on 16 December.  Charlie will perform a virtuosic programme of Sarasate’s...

Charlie Siem returns to China with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

04 Nov 2016

Charlie Siem will be returning to China to perform the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit.
This concert will take place on 7 November at...

Charlie Siem performs at JW3

09 Oct 2016

Charlie Siem is joined by pianist Alison Rhind on 27 October, for a recital performance at London’s JW3. The dynamic programme includes Vitali’s Chaconne, Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 ...

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“Siem owns the stage. He makes his presence felt from the moment he steps out… you can feel the presence of a performer who has a great respect for and knowledge of the music he plays.”

Canberra CityNews, Australia - Mar 2017

“Starry violinist dazzles and charms…suave musicality and charisma”

The Strad

“Flawless soloist showed coolness and fire”

South China Morning Post

“[Siem] tosses off every violinistic trick in the book with aplomb”

Gramophone

“These performances show that [Siem’s] music-making is more than capable of speaking for itself”

The Guardian

“A wonderful tone…spacious and beautiful”

Classic FM

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Charlie Siem is one of today’s foremost young violinists. Born in London to a Norwegian father and British mother, he began to play the violin at the age of three after hearing a broadcast of Yehudi Menuhin playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Siem was educated at Eton College, before reading Music as an undergraduate at Cambridge University. From 1998 to 2004 he studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky in London at the Royal College of Music, and from 2004 he has been mentored by Shlomo Mintz.

Siem has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra,  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has worked with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Edward Gardner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Libor Pešek and Yuri Simonov.

Recent and forthcoming performances include a Norwegian recital tour with Itamar Golan, and concerto appearances with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and Camerata Salzburg.  Siem has just made his Hong Kong debut with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, opening their 2015/2016 season with a critically acclaimed performance under Ken-David Masur.  His festival appearances to date include Spoleto, St. Moritz, Gstaad, Bergen, Tine@Munch and the Windsor Festival.

Currently signed to Sony Classical, Siem has a varied discography, and has made a number recordings, including with the London Symphony Orchestra (Warner Classics, 2011) and Münchner Rundfunkorchester (Sony Classical, 2014).

A great believer in giving to worthwhile causes, Siem is an ambassador of The Prince’s Trust. He is also a Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music, making him the youngest professor in the United Kingdom. He gives masterclasses around the world – most recently at the Royal College of Music, London. In 2016 he became a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University of the Arts.

Passionate about bringing classical music to new audiences around the world, in addition to his classical performance career Siem has revived the age-old violinistic tradition of composing virtuosic variations of popular themes, which he has done alongside artists including Bryan Adams, Jamie Cullum and The Who. In 2014 he wrote his first composition – Canopy, for solo violin and string orchestra – which was commissioned by US television station CBS Watch!, and recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra. Siem has also had numerous collaborations with fashion brands including Dunhill, Armani, Boss, and Dior.

Charlie Siem plays the 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the ‘D’Egville’.

 

June 2017