Mark Braithwaite

Violist Mark Braithwaite studied at the Royal College of Music with Simon Rowland-Jones and Andriy Viytovych,  graduating in 2005 with 1st class honours.  He then spent two years in Salzburg, studying with Thomas Riebl.

Mark was a member of the Doric Quartet, during which time the group made regular Wigmore Hall appearances, and appeared alongside artists such as Michael Collins, Kathryn Wyn-Rogers and Roger Vignoles.  The group studied intensively with Rainer Schmidt of the Hagen Quartet as well as taking classes with members of the Artemis and Albans Berg Quartets.  Recent chamber music partners have included Jamie Walton, Jack Liebeck, Robin Michael, Markus Barcham-Stevens, and the Dante Quartet.

Mark’s experience of concerto performance began with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at the age of 13.  It has also included Harold in Italy with the Royal College of Music Sinfonietta, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Giovanni Guzzo and Camerata Scotland under Jac Van Steen (recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland), and the Double Concerto by Bruch with Naoko Miyamoto and Kensington Sinfonia.  This was conducted by Nicholas Collon and recorded by BBC Radio 3.  Mark recently recorded ‘Wiegenlied’ by Simon Rowland-Jones for a disk of his music.

Regular guest principal appearance with orchestra include with the Aurora Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.  Mark has also played guest principal with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. 

Whilst living in Salzburg, Mark studied early music with Howard Penny and is establishing himself as a Baroque violist.  In May 2011 he toured Asia with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr.  In late Summer, he recorded Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Gabrieli Consort and Players.  Mark has also played with Retrospect Ensemble under Matthew Halls, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  Since 2008 he has been involved in regular projects with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique.  This has included touring Europe and America with Brahms, Schumann Symphonies and Beethoven Symphonies, and month-long residencies at the Opera Comique in Paris.

Projects taking place in 2012 include performances of the Walton Concerto in Mexico and a Wigmore Hall recital.