Top violinist to play in Mansfield

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Tasmin Little’s mastery of the instrument saw her make her professional playing debut with the Halle Orchestra in 1988, and she has gone on to work with the likes of the Royal Philharmonics, Seattle Symphony and London Mozart Players.

In more than 20 years of performing for thousands of people she has racked up honours including an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford, where the music centre is named after her.

Her work has taken her around the globe, including performances in New York and Philadelphia’s most famous venues, Berlin, Salzburg and most recently, a trip to Slovenia.

She said: “I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to visit all of these fantastic places because of my work.”

As one of the country’s top players, it is only fitting Tasmin has the best equipment on offer.

She plays a Gaudagnini built in 1757 and her other violin, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music, is a particularly special one.

“It’s a Stradivarius from 1708, and it’s called the Regent. They are known for their incredible quality and it’s certainly steeped in history. ”

Tasmin learned her trade under Pauline Scott at the Yehudi Menuhin School and later at the Guildhall School of Music, coming to prominence as a string section finalist in the 1982 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

She has now established an international reputation, and has recorded violin concertos by Bruch, Brahms, Sibelius and others.

In March 2009 she released the disc Partners in Time, her follow-up to experimental project The Naked Violin, and her next major recording will be the Elgar violin concerto including a re-creation of a special version of the accompanied cadenza.

“It’s really exciting because it’s 100 years since the first performance of this piece,” she said.

Tasmin joins the Manchester Camerata on the Mansfield Palace Theatre stage as part of the theatre’s own centenary celebrations.

The chamber orchestra is internationally renowned in its own right and the show will also feature Gábor-Tákacs-Nagy, one of the founding members of the word-famous Takács Quartet.

“I’m looking forward to a fantastic concert, which will be even more special knowing what an important year it is for the theatre,” Tasmin said.

l Tickets for the performance on 17th October are priced £15, £5 for children from the box office on Mansfield 633133.