With playing described in the press as ‘alluring’, ‘mesmerising’ and ‘unforgettable’, violinist Fenella Humphreys has performed widely around the globe and brings a rich depth of chamber music experience to I Musicanti. She was a member of the Lawson Trio has collaborated with artists including Alexander Baillie, Hariolf Schlichtig, Pekka Kuusisto and Martin Lovett, and is regularly invited to take part at the prestigious International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove by its director Steven Isserlis.
She is Konzertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie and enjoys guest leading and directing various ensembles in Europe.
As soloist, she made her first concerto recording for Dutton Epoch with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing Christopher Wright’s violin concerto. She has broadcast for various radio stations and recorded the Walton Concerto at the composer’s home for Canadian TV, at the invitation of the Walton Trust.
A number of eminent British composers have written works for Humphreys, both in her own right and as part of the Lawson Trio, some of which appear on the CD she made with the group. In 2014 she launched a project to commission and perform a series of works from British composers as companions for the six solo sonatas and partitas by Bach.
Her formative training was with Sidney Griller, and later studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf. There she was awarded the highest attainable marks both for the ‘Diplom’ exam and the ‘Konzertexamen’ soloists’ diploma.
Now, alongside her more conventional classical work, Humphreys can also be found playing tango with the great Uruguayan bandoneonist, Héctor Ulises Passarella.