"Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy" - Ludwig van Beethoven

Charlie Siem is one of today’s foremost violinists,

with such a wide-ranging diversity of cross-
cultural appeal as to have played a large part in

defining what it means to be a true artist of the
21st century.
Born in London, to a Norwegian father and
British mother, Siem began to play the violin at the
age of three after hearing a broadcast of Yehudi
Menuhin playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
He received a broad and thorough education from
Eton College, before completing the intellectually
demanding undergraduate degree programme
in Music at the University of Cambridge. From
1998 to 2004, he studied the violin with Itzhak
Rashkovsky in London at the Royal College of
Music, and since 2004 has been mentored by
Shlomo Mintz.
Siem has appeared with many of the world’s
finest orchestras and chamber ensembles,
including: the Bergen Philharmonic, the
Camerata Salzburg, the Czech National Symphony,
the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony,
the Moscow Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic,
the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR Leipzig, Camerata

Salzburg. He has worked with top conductors
including: Charles Dutoit, Dennis Russell Davies,

Edward Gardner, Zubin Mehta, Yannick Nézet-
Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Libor Pešek and Yuri

Simonov. International festival appearances to
date include: Spoleto, St. Moritz, Gstaad, Bergen,
Tine@Munch, Festival Internacional de Santa Lucía, and the Windsor Festival. Siem’s regular
sonata partner is renowned pianist Itamar Golan.
Charlie Siem has a varied discography and has
made a number recordings, including with the
London Symphony Orchestra (Warner Classics,
2011) and Münchner Rundfunkorchester
(Sony Classical, 2014). Recent recordings
include Between the Clouds (Signum Records,
2020) featuring works by Kreisler, Sarasate,
Paganini, Elgar and Wieniawski, showcasing
Siem’s versatility and virtuosity in an intimate
Parisian-style ‘salon’ programme, and an album
of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Romances
(Sigum Records, 2022) with the Philharmonia
Orchestra under Oleg Caetani.
A great believer in giving to worthwhile causes,
Siem is an ambassador of The Prince’s Trust. He is
also a Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music
in the UK, and Nanjing University of the Arts in
China. He gives masterclasses around the world
at top institutions such as the Royal College of
Music in London, and the Accademia di Musica
in Florence.
Passionate about bringing classical music to new
audiences around the world, in addition to his
classical performance career Siem has revived the

age-old violinistic tradition of composing virtuosic
variations of popular themes, which he has done
alongside artists including Bryan Adams, Jamie
Cullum and The Who. In 2014, he wrote his first
composition – Canopy, for solo violin and string
orchestra – which was commissioned by the USA
television station CBS Watch! and recorded with
the English Chamber Orchestra. Siem has also
had numerous collaborations with fashion brands
including: Armani, Chanel, Dior, Dunhill, Hugo
Boss and Loro Piana.
Charlie Siem plays the 1735 Guarneri del Gesù
violin, known as the D’Egville.

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