Thomas Gould is one of a new generation of classical musicians who refuses to
be defined by a single genre” – The Guardian
of the most talented and charismatic British violinists of the younger generation”
– London’s Evening Standard
young British violinist Thomas Gould seems intent on becoming the Nigel Kennedy
of his generation…Scythingly scintillating playing from a young virtuoso with
a magpie mind” – The Times
as an artist who “refuses to be defined by a single genre” (The Guardian),
Thomas Gould is a violinist with wide-ranging musical interests. Gould has fast
established for himself a reputation as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters
of contemporary music whilst also remaining dedicated to the core classical repertoire.
of his 2015-16 season included performances of Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed
with Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican, Thomas Adès' Violin Concerto with Orchestra
of St Luke’s in New York and with Philharmonie Zuidnederland in the Netherlands,
Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending at the Royal Festival Hall, and the
UK premiere of Anthony Pateras’ Double Concerto for Violin and Live Electronics
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of previous seasons include performances
of Bruch’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal
Albert Hall, performances of Nico Muhly’s Concerto for Electric Violin with the
LA Phil New Music Group and West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the London premiere
of John Woolrich’s Violin Concerto with Britten Sinfonia, and performances with
pianist Alasdair Beatson of Hans Abrahamsen’s Double Concerto with Britten Sinfonia
and Sonderborg Symfoniorkester.
is leader of Britten Sinfonia, one of the world’s most celebrated unconducted
ensembles, and frequently directs the orchestra from the violin. His recording
of Bach’s Goldberg Variations arranged for strings by D. Sitkovetsky with
Britten Sinfonia (Harmonia Mundi, 2015) was received to great critical acclaim.
From 2005-2016 Gould was leader of Aurora Orchestra.
solo albums include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark
Ascending with Sinfonietta Riga (Live in Riga, Edition Classics, 2015),
an album of contemporary works for solo violin (Bach to Parker, Champs
Hill Records, 2014), and Nico Muhly’s Seeing is Believing with Aurora Orchestra
(Decca, 2011). He has recorded two albums with the swing band The Man Overboard
Quintet and several other jazz releases.
trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he is now an associate. He plays a
Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin made in 1782.