Biography of Barritt Paul:
Paul Barritt was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland- He studied with Jaroslav Vanecek at the Royal College of Music and subsequently with Orrea Pernel, Sandor Vegh and Salvatore Accardo. He is Leader of the English Chamber Orchestra as well as the chamber ensemble 'Divertimenti'. He was the leader of the Northern Sinfonia from 1988 to 1994.
In 1980 he was a winner of the Greater London Arts Association's 'Young Musician of the Year' award and was chosen to take part in the Park Lane Group's '20th Century and Young Artist's' series at the South Bank. He gave a Wigmore Hall recital debut in 1985 which was followed by recordings and live relays for BBC Radio 3 and the premiere recording of Miklos Rozsa's solo sonata. Since then he has emerged as one of Britain's most sought after violinists in the solo and chamber music field.
Paul Barritt has a varied repertoire comprising the standard classical violin concertos but also encompassing works for violin and orchestra by Martinu, Frank Martin, Lutoslawski, Takemitsu, Schnittke and Paul Ruders. With the Northern Sinfonia he appeared as soloist in Norway and Turkey, and in Japan played the Schnittke Concerto Grosso No. 1 at the Suntory Hall in the presence of the Crown Prince of Japan - His Promenade Concert debut in 1992 was with the same Schnittke work and was repeated with the BBC Welsh Orchestra at the 1993 Swansea Festival - Paul presented Ruder's First Violin Concerto at the 1993 Spitalfields Festival and in 1994 he recorded both the Lutoslawski works for violin and orchestra with the Ulster Orchestra. He is a frequent contributor to both BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM as recitalist and concerto Soloist.
The scope of Paul Barritt's musical activities is wide - As well as giving violin and piano recitals and recordings, and frequent chamber music concerts, he regularly appears as soloist and director with the ECO. Notable tours to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Caribbean as well as in London and across Great Britain and Ireland have achieved outstanding success - He also directed Isaac Stern's 70th Birthday Concert at the Barbican and played Arvo Part's 'Fratres' at the same hall in the presence of the composer. As director he has also worked with Emanuel Ax, Frank Peter Zimmerman and Christian Tetzlaff and Kyung Wha Chung.
Paul's discography includes violin works of Herbert Howells, John Ireland, Stanford, Rheinberger, Rozsa, as well as chamber works by Mendelssohn, Bargiel, Mozart, and Colin Matthews. His special interest in English music was featured in the world premiere performance of William Walton's Toccata for violin and piano given at the 1997 Walton Festival, ("performed with dauntless virtuosity and flair ", Daily Telegraph). Paul Barritt plays a Sanctus Seraphim violin circa 1737.