"Technical finesse and interpretative insight." Gramophone 2017
“The dolce at the end of the Adagio is heart-wrenching." The Strad 2017
Bartholomew LaFollette has a rich and varied career as an international solo cellist and chamber musician. His debut CD of Brahms’s Sonatas for Cello and Four Serious Songs, with pianist Caroline Palmer, was released to great critical acclaim in October 2017 on the Champs Hill label.
As a YCAT artist (Young Classical Artists Trust) Bartholomew gave numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Festival, and Bridgewater halls. He went on to win first prize at The Arts Club's and Decca Records' inaugural Classical Music Award. Bartholomew 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, the 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 Brahms’s Double Concerto with Daniel Stabrawa and the Poznań Philharmonic in Poland, Elgar's Cello Concerto at the Sibelius International Music Festival in Helsinki and Shostakovich 1 with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. This year Bartholomew made his Romanian debut at the 'Vibrate!' festival in Brasov in June. July and August saw a tour with the Danish String Quartet in the USA and Canada, as well as playing and teaching in courses (La Mariette & The Thinking Musician) and concerts in France and Italy. Plans for next year include a debut recital in Argentina.
Bartholomew’s musical collaborations have included Anthony Marwood, Christian Tetzlaff, Alina Ibragimova and András Keller. He works with the award-winning Doric String Quartet with whom he recorded Eric Wolfgang Korngold's string sextet for the Chandos label.
Born in Philadelphia, Bartholomew LaFollette has lived in Britain since the age of 13. At the age of twenty-six he was appointed Principal Cello Teacher at the distinguished Yehudi Menuhin School. Bartholomew is artistic director of the Marryat Players International Chamber Music Festival, now in its fourth year, which takes place in Wimbledon Village.