Fri 12 & Sat 13 April 2024 : Madeleine Mitchell (violin) and Motoki Hirai (piano)

Madeleine Mitchell
Madeleine Mitchell

This concert by Madeleine Mitchell on violin with Motoki Hirai on piano is part of the UK-Japan Friendship Tour 2024 and after leaving us in Tincleton they will be touring Japan from the end of April performing in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nigata and other cities. Both are notable international musicians, with Madeline described by The Times as ‘one of the UK’s liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists’; whilst Motoki has performed in over 100 countries and the programme features premieres of two of his own compositions and arrangements.

The programme features Beethoven Sonata No.10 op.96 and Grieg Sonata No. 3 in C Minor plus short pieces from Delius, Holst-Hirai, Hirai, and Elgar.


Delius Légende
Holst-Hirai Dance under the Cherry Tree from Japan Suite by Holst arr Motoki Hirai for violin & piano – premiere, celebrating Holst 150
Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin no.10 in G op.96,


Hirai Passacaglia in memory of Queen Elizabeth – premiere of version for violin & piano
Grieg Violin Sonata no.3 in C minor op.45
Elgar Salut d’Amour


Madeleine Mitchell has been described by The Times as ‘one of the UK’s liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists’. She has performed as solo violinist and chamber musician in 50 countries in a wide repertoire, frequently broadcast for radio and TV, in major festivals including the BBC Proms. Her latest album, Violin Conversations of premiere recordings of works mostly by living UK composers, several written for Mitchell, has been very favourably reviewed in both The Telegraph and The Observer and is a finalist in Recording of the Year by Presto Music. It follows her successful previous Naxos album, no.2 in the Classical Charts. Last year she won a Royal Philharmonic Society Enterprise Award.

In recital Madeleine Mitchell represented Britain in the Canberra International Music Festival, UKinNY at Lincoln Center, for the Queen’s Jubilee in Rome and ‘Great British Week’ for the British Ambassador in Kuwait. She has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts – part of a 3 month world tour, in Vienna, Moscow, London’s Southbank Centre as well as Singapore, Wigmore Hall and for BBC Radio 3. She won the GB Sasakawa award for recitals in a Japanese-French programme with Noriko Ogawa in the UK. In 2024 she will make a UK-Japan Friendship tour in Japan and the UK with the pianist-composer Motoki Hirai.

Madeleine Mitchell has performed concertos including most recently with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Grace Williams Violin Concerto live for BBC Radio 3 and Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, the Czech and Polish Radio Symphony orchestras, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, Kiev Radio/TV, St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and other London orchestras, Orchestra of the Swan, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil and for the BBC. She has been invited to tour Japan, performing Bruch Violin Concerto in Tokyo.

As a recording artist with a wide discography, Madeleine has been nominated for Grammy and BBC Music Awards. Many well known composers have written works specially for her which she’s recorded including Sir James MacMillan, Michael Nyman CBE and Howard Blake OBE. Her popular albums include Violin Songs (Classic FM CD of the Week) and Violin Muse as well as FiddleSticks – with Lou Harrison Violin Concerto with Percussion Orchestra and companion pieces as part of a major award by Arts Council England for her collaboration with ensemble bash. She’s also championed early 20th century music including Grace Williams Chamber Music, music by William Alwyn and Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, the widely recommended recording for many years. A new solo violin piece by Michael, Lord Berkeley will feature on an album for his 75th birthday in 2023. Following Madeleine’s British Treasures album for SOMM, her London Chamber Ensemble Quartet have been invited to record the original version of Howells String Quartet no.3.

Amongst many awards, Madeleine won a Royal Philharmonic Society Enterprise Award in 2022 to make a short film with the V&A Fabergé exhibition and the live quartet concert she curated with the London Chamber Ensemble which she founded: .  Mitchell won the Tagore Gold Medal as a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, where she is now a Professor, followed by the prestigious Fulbright/ITT Fellowship to study in New York for a Master’s Degree at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She frequently returns to tour the USA, receiving standing ovations for her recitals in San Francisco, Kansas and Texas in 2023.

A highly creative personality, Madeleine devised the eclectic Red Violin, the first international festival celebrating the violin across the arts, Founder Patron Lord Menuhin. She gives master classes worldwide and is on the faculty of in the Dolomites and, performing and teaching.

Motoki Hirai
Motoki Hirai

Motoki Hirai is a pianist / composer who is acclaimed worldwide for his imagination and sensitivity.  Motoki Hirai has appeared in over 100 countries across the globe as a concert pianist, music director and artistic emissary, giving solo recitals in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Concertgebouw and Wiener Konzerthaus. He has broadcast internationally on radio and television (Classic FM, BBC, ITV, NHK).

As a composer, Motoki’s works have been performed worldwide by various artists in theatres and festivals including Southbank Centre, Barbican, Chelsea Flower Show (London); Brooks Festival (Oxford); Smetana Hall (Prague); Maison de la culture du Japon (Paris); Expo Milano (Italy); Auditori Pau Casals (Barcelona); Musaion Concert Hall (Pretoria); Carnegie Hall (New York); and Tokyo Opera City (Japan). In 2021 Motoki collaborated with a former England/Japan rugby head coach Eddie Jones in a documentary film ‘A Decade of Recovery in Fukushima’.

Over the years, he has performed for the promotion of World Peace and for Children and People in Need worldwide in association with the British Heart Foundation, Japan Society, Red Cross, Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Tohoku Earthquake Fukushima Orphans Fund, UNESCO, UNICEF amongst others. During 2023-24 season Motoki will tour throughout the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Canada, South Africa and his native Japan. Motoki is a Steinway Artist.


Special terms : introduced due to Covid-19 may apply, approximately as follows, though we reserve the right to update them if Covid starts up again:

– Pre booking and prepayment only. All guests must give contact etc details.

– Seating may be allocated by us in advance. We may flex exact mix depending on demand and any constraints. Ask quickly if you have a larger party.

– We will give refunds if we need to cancel the concert for whatever reason. We will not refund if you need to cancel as that would disadvantage the musician(s), unless we can resell your seat.

– You must respect our Covid social distancing requirements, which will in turn comply with Government requirements. For the time being this means that no particular restrictions are anticipated unless Covid restrictions are reintroduced by Government.

– As usual drinks & nibbles will be served, but exactly how and where will depend on the weather.

– All concerts start playing at 8pm. Please arrive after 7:30pm.

– Tickets £15 each.

– To order tickets please email Tincleton Gallery or call Tincleton Gallery on 01305 848909