Artist© Giorgia Bertazzi
Lawrence Power is one of the leading violists of our times and is sought after as a soloist and chamber music partner all over the world. Power is the founder of the ›Viola Commissioning Circle‹ and has enriched the repertoire viola by numerous works by contemporary composers, thanks to his passionate championing of new music. Thus, he has performed world premieres by Thomas Adès, Julian Anderson, Gerald Barry, Alexander Goehr, David Philip Hefti, Anders Hillborg, James MacMillan, Cassandra Miller, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Mark-Anthony Turnage, among others.
Lawrence Power works regularly with leading international orchestras, such as the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has appeared twelve times at the BBC Proms. During »play & lead« programmes – including with his own chamber orchestra Collegium, founded in 2018 – Lawrence Power leads not only from the viola, but also the violin. His regular chamber music partners include Steven Isserlis, Nicholas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Maxim Vengerov and Joshua Bell, for example. He is also a member of the Nash Ensemble.
Due to his well-designed and innovative programmes, Power is also regularly invited as a curator by concert halls and festivals. He is the founder and artistic director of the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival. In 2020, Lawrence Power won the Instrumentalist Award of the Royal Philharmonic Society. Since 2021, he has been an Associate Artist of Wigmore Hall in London.
Lawrence Power is a professor at the Zurich Academy of the Arts and gives master courses all over the world, including a the Verbier Festival. He plays a rare viola by Antonio Brenzi (Bologna ca. 1590) and a viola built by the Amati brothers (1580), on loan to him from the Karolina Blaberg Foundation.