British/American cellist Bartholomew LaFollette has developed his career as an international soloist. He will join the Trondheim Symfoniorkester and conductor Lukasz Borowicz for Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto E-flat major, Opus 107 in January 2016. He is also recording a disc of the Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Four Serious Songs with pianist Caroline Palmer which will be recorded at Champs Hill Records in November of this year.
After being launched into a rich and varied career by YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) with numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, Bartholomew went on to win first prize at The Arts Club's and Decca Records' inaugural Classical Music Award in June 2013. He was also the first recipient of the Irish Chamber Orchestra's Ardán Award.
Hailed by the Irish Times for being “as free in touching the heartstrings as he was in dashing off dazzling runs”, Bartholomew's highlights with orchestra include performances of Dvořák's Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Walton and Elgar Cello Concertos in the Barbican Hall as well as appearing as soloist with the City of London Sinfonia. He has also performed The Brahms Double Concerto with Daniel Stabrawa and the Poznań Philharmonic in Poland and Elgar's Cello Concerto at the Sibelius International Music Festival in Helsinki.
Bartholomew is also a sought-after chamber musician and his recent musical collaborators have included Anthony Marwood, Christian Tetzlaff, Alina Ibragimova and András Keller. He frequently appears with the award winning Doric String Quartet with whom he recorded Eric Wolfgang Korngold's string sextet for the Chandos label.
In 2011 at the age of twenty-six, Bartholomew LaFollette was appointed Principal Cello Teacher at the distinguished Yehudi Menuhin School.
Bartholomew is represented by Margaret Murphy Management (www.margaretmurphy.com).