Artistic Director

Alasdair Strange was the marvellous cellist.
Stephen Pettitt, The Times

The exacting half-tones of its difficult solo part was caught skilfully by Strange (Ligeti Concerto). 
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times

The British artist brilliantly rendered the imaginative and vivacious style of this Czech composer (Martinu).
Nord-Deutschland Zeitung

But Strange took a dominant role in his exchanges with the orchestra (Penderecki Concerto).
Meirion Bowen, The Guardian


Alasdair Strange - Artistic Director

Alasdair Strange studied the cello at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Derek Simpson. On completion of his studies in 1996, Alasdair was awarded the DipRAM, the Academy's highest award for performance, as well as the prestigious Carnegie Fellowship.

Alasdair's concerto highlights include Penderecki's Cello Concerto No. 2 at the Barbican Hall London to great critical acclaim, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3; and Ligeti's Cello Concerto for a gala performance at the Ligeti Festival, London, in the presence of the composer. Also solo appearances including at the Kultur Kreis Festival, Hannover, the Southwark Festival, Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room on London's South Bank.
 
Alasdair currently performs as cellist in the McLean-Thorsen-Strange Piano Trio alongside the Norwegian violinist, Marianne Thorsen and British pianist, Viv McLeanAlasdair has considerable experience as a chamber musician and has performed with artists including Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Yuri Bashmet and Daniel Hope.

Other solo highlights include performances of the Brahms Double Concerto at the Barbican Hall, as well as concertos by Elgar, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Dvorak, Haydn D, Boccherini G and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations at venues including the Fairfield Halls, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wembley Town Hall, St. James' Piccadilly and the Royal Albert Hall.  

As an orchestral musician, Alasdair has worked under such eminent conductors as Haitink, Giulini, Rostropovich, Ashkenazy and Sir Colin Davis at concert halls including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin's Philharmonie, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London, Symphony Hall Birmingham; and at the Edinburgh, Salzburg and Vienna International Festivals.

Alasdair was formerly Artistic Consultant and concert artist at Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden 2009-2013 in Røros, Norway, with performances broadcast on NRK, Norway's national television and radio. 

Alasdair Strange is Founder and Artistic Director of the London Ensemble and Director of the London Soundtrack Orchestra with credits including the world premiere cinema projection of Hitchcock's Psycho with Bernard Herrmann's score performed in ‘real-time’ as a live orchestral soundtrack, launching SKY Movies’ season of Hitchcock films presented in High Definition for the first time. 

Alasdair combines these roles with the position of Director of Worldwide Artists Limited (worldwideartists.com / classicalartists.com). Alasdair heads WA Music Production and has composed and produced scores for television and film for clients including FCB Paris, Saatchi & Saatchi, BBC, Lowe, Grey, Channel 4, Gangway Films, the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel.  

Alasdair plays a cello made by Helen T. Michetschläger in 1982.


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