“ A committed and sincere performance...sensitively shaped with a sweet tone”
Award winning violinist from Spanish and Swiss heritage , Violeta Barrena has performed in many prestigious venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Roundhouse, Bolivar Hall, St. Martin in the Fields as well as at festivals and venues around the UK and abroad including Australia, Oman, Spain, Switzerland and Italy.
Violeta started taking violin lessons at the age of four and made her concerto debut aged fourteen. Whilst studying with Chris Nicholls (Ruggiero Ricci’s assistant) she was offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Professor Howard Davis and Professor Tomotada Soh. At the Academy, she won the "Winifred Small" Solo Violin Competition for Bach and Paganini and was invited to perform a Concerto in Bern, Switzerland. She later went on to study for a Masters degree at the Royal College of Music under Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky and participated in many master-classes including renowned violinists such as Maxim Vengerov , Rachel Podger and Tamsin Little.
As a baroque violinist she has performed at the Royal Festival Hall with Florileggium and in chamber concerts at Hatchlands and Kent early Music Festivals.
Violeta has played with many chamber orchestras including the London Contemporary Orchestra, English Session Orchestra, the Klangs Verwaltungs Orchester, and she is also the leader of World Harmony Orchestra, an orchestra with charitable aims. As a chamber musician she is part of Duo Diez with guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas, who released their debut album entitled “From Granada to Buenos Aires” with Demerara records in November 2015.
Her interests as a violinist extend beyond the realms of classical music. Most recently, she has performed at Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scotts, with folk and jazz musicians Peppe Servillo and Antonio Forcione. She has also worked closely with the likes of Celine Dion and Robbie Williams playing at the Royal Variety Show in front of HRM the Queen. TV appearances include shows on BBC and ITV. Last year she went on tour with Manchester based Mercury Prize Winners Elbow, touring the UK and Europe extensively including a performance headlining Glastonbury and the Eden Sessions in Cornwall .
For the past four years, Violeta has also been promoted by the scheme Live Music Now and the Concordia Foundation to do outreach work around the UK.
She is currently working on her debut solo album , which will explore unknown 20th century repertoire, new commissions , Bach and Piazzolla to be released with Aldilà records in Germany 2018.
Violeta plays on a Alessandro Gagliano 1725.