Violin virtuoso and style muse Charlie Siem will give his debut performances in Australia in a tour of New South Wales, Victoria and the Capital Territory, which culminates in Sydney in April.
The program for the tour has changed from that which was previously advised and Siem will now perform violin and piano recitals with pianist Jeremy Eskenazi in Sydney instead of with the Omega Ensemble, as previously planned.
Siem is one of the world’s most promising young musicians. Born in London, he studied the violin at the Royal College of Music whilst attending Eton College and then Cambridge University. At only 30 years of age, he became the youngest Professor of Music in the UK (Leeds College of Music). He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin.
Siem now regularly works with many of the world’s finest orchestras, amongst them The Royal, The Moscow and The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras; the Czech and the Oslo National Symphony Orchestras and with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Edward Gardner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir Roger Norrington and has also performed for the Queen of Denmark.
His elegant style and on-stage presence have even caught the attention of the fashion world. Siem was photographed by Lagerfeld for Dior’s 2015/16 Fall ad campaign. He has also served as a style ambassador for Hugo Boss, Giorgio Armani and Dunhill. In 2014 Vanity Fair named him one of the world’s best dressed musicians. Siem also was featured in the Little Black Jacket coffee table book by Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, formerly of French Vogue.
The programme: GRIEG Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45/ BEETHOVEN Sonata for violin and piano No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 “Spring”/ YSAYE Sonata No. 3 in D minor/ WIENIAWSKI Polonaise Brilliant No. 2 in A major, Op. 21