About

British violinist Freya Goldmark (b.1996) enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and director.

Beginning violin lessons aged four, by her mid teens Freya had performed as a soloist across the UK, Europe and Asia, making her concerto debut aged 13 at the Rachmaninov Institute, Russia. Since then, she has enjoyed a burgeoning career performing as a soloist at many celebrated UK venues including Cadogan Hall, Elgar Room Albert Hall, St.John’s Waterloo, Mansion House and The Purcell Room. Her 2023/2024 season includes performances of Mendelssohn, Bruch and Beethoven concertos as well as multiple performances of Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending.

Upcoming performances see Freya travelling to Bogotá, New York, Philadelphia, Burghausen, Berlin, Edinburgh and Norway.

In Autumn of 2022 Freya became the new first violinist of the Ligeti Quartet. The quartet have ​been ​at ​the ​forefront ​of ​modern ​and ​contemporary ​music since ​their ​formation ​in ​2010, ​breaking ​new ​ground ​through ​innovative ​programming ​and championing ​of ​today’s ​most ​exciting ​composers ​and ​artists. 2023 performances included recitals at Southbank Centre, Kings Place, an autumn tour to Canada and multiple performances at Aldeburgh Festival in June featuring fifteen world premieres co commissioned by Britten Pears Arts, BBC Radio 3, Bourgie Hall and the quartet themselves.

As part of the quartet Freya has taught and led performances at Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chethams School of Music, The Royal Danish Academy and The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.

Freya enjoys collaborating with many brilliant musicians throughout the UK and further afield. As a chamber musician she has played at Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place, West Road Concert Hall, The Purcell Room, and Elgar Room, Albert Hall. Freya is regularly invited to perform with some of the UK’s most exciting groups – she tours often with Scottish Ensemble, leads composer Erland Cooper’s ensemble, and was guest principal of Cambridge Philharmonic for their Spring/Summer 2023 season.

Freya is passionate not only about performing music but also bringing it to as many people as possible and she began organising concerts in her early teens. She now regularly directs and brings together groups of other musicians. Freya founded Stamford International Music Festival when she was only 19. This chamber music festival takes place in the town in which she grew up. From 2019-2021 Freya was director of Cambridge Summer Music Festival, the youngest person to take on this role in the Festival’s 45 year history. Her time with CSM included bringing over 120 musicians to Cambridge for 31 concerts in July 2021.

Freya graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2018 where she studied as a Foundation Scholar with Maciej Rakowski, who taught her from the age of ten.

Freya performs on her Camilli of Mantua violin c1740.

Ligeti Quartet: ‘Nuc’ at Woolwich Works, London Ligeti Quartet

Ligeti Quartet: ‘Nuc’ at Woolwich Works, London

11 April, 2024

Woolwich Works

8:00 pm

The critically-acclaimed Ligeti Quartet share tracks from their new album fusing acoustic and electronic music for string quartet by Mercury-prize nominated composer Anna Meredith. To accompany performances the Ligeti Quartet, with funding from Arts Council England have commissioned Ewan Morris Jones, animator and long-term Anna Meredith collaborator, to design a set of projections featuring a melee of plant, animal and mineral creations. Created using a combination of 2D animation and AI techniques, the visual is a compelling, colourful and hypnotic evolution story.

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Ligeti and ‘Nuc’ at Bang on a Can Long Play Festival, NYC Ligeti Quartet

Ligeti and ‘Nuc’ at Bang on a Can Long Play Festival, NYC

4 May, 2024

Brooklyn, NY

Featuring 50+ concerts, Long Play also showcases a dense network of inventive music venues in Brooklyn – with performances at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Roulette, Public Records, BRIC, Murmrr, Irondale Center for the Arts, The Center for Fiction, plus outdoor events and more. Ligeti Quartet will be performing their US premiere of their new album Nuc by Mercury Prize-nominated composer Anna Meredith in a festival lineup including Patti Smith’s Correspondences, Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, and more.

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Ligeti play Ligeti at Bang on a Can Long Play Festival, NYC Ligeti Quartet

Ligeti play Ligeti at Bang on a Can Long Play Festival, NYC

5 May, 2024

Brooklyn, NY

Featuring 50+ concerts, Long Play also showcases a dense network of inventive music venues in Brooklyn – with performances at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Roulette, Public Records, BRIC, Murmrr, Irondale Center for the Arts, The Center for Fiction, plus outdoor events and more. The eponymous Ligeti Quartet will be performing quartets by Hungarian-Austrian composer György Ligeti (1923-2006).

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Stamford International Music Festival 2024 SIMFestival

Stamford International Music Festival 2024

16 May, 2024

Stamford Arts Centre

From 16th-18th May, the celebrated Stamford International Music Festival will return for its fifth outing. Violinist and the festival’s founder and director Freya Goldmark will be joined by a select group of Europe’s finest musicians for three days of chamber music, with a focus this year on the great Czech composers Dvorak and Janacek. Schubert, Ligeti, Brahms and Dohnanyi to feature too.

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PULP: AFAS Live and Primavera Sound Pulp

PULP: AFAS Live and Primavera Sound

30 May, 2024

Barcelona, Amsterdam

Joining Brit Pop band Pulp for two of their summer shows.

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Bergen International Festival 2024 Erland Cooper Ensemble

Bergen International Festival 2024

1 June, 2024

Bergen, Norway

Leading Erland Cooper’s ensemble for a special performance in Håkonshallen.  Erland Cooper is a Scottish composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Stromness, Orkney. He has been called “nature’s songwriter” (The Guardian) and explorer of “the place where electronic and classical music can co-habit” (The Quietus).

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Carve The Runes Then Be Content With Silence: World Premiere Solo Performance

Carve The Runes Then Be Content With Silence: World Premiere

8 June, 2024

Barbican, London

Ground-breaking Scottish composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist shares his buried album, unearthed and performed live for the first time, exactly as it sounds from the earth. The work is a new composition for solo violin and string ensemble. It celebrates George Mackay Brown on his centenary, written 100 years since the Orcadian poet’s birth.

Alongside very special guests, in this one-off performance Cooper shall both reveal and play back the retrieved tape from the soil, then with some exceptional musicians, perform the album exactly as it sounds from the earth.

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Lark Ascending & Vasks Plainscapes with New Cambridge Singers Solo Performance

Lark Ascending & Vasks Plainscapes with New Cambridge Singers

22 June, 2024

Cambridge

Saturday 22 June & Saturday 29 June

The natural world has inspired composers for centuries. Few more so than Vaughan Williams, whose The Lark Ascending is one of the most enduringly popular pieces of music of all time. Paul Drayton’s expressive arrangement brings new colours (and words) to this timeless favourite. Plainscapes might well be the Latvian equivalent, its dream-like texture of wordless choir, cello
and violin evoking the native birds of Peteris Vasks’ homeland.

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St Magnus Festival 2024, Carve The Runes: Scottish Premiere Erland Cooper Ensemble

St Magnus Festival 2024, Carve The Runes: Scottish Premiere

28 June, 2024

St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney

The work is a new composition for solo violin and string ensemble. It celebrates George Mackay Brown on his centenary, written 100 years since the Orcadian poet’s birth. Originally from Stromness, as a solo artist, Cooper has released five acclaimed studio albums, including a trilogy of work inspired by his childhood home, as well as themes of nature, people, place and time. His work combines field recordings with traditional orchestral and contemporary electronic elements.

This will be Cooper’s first performance in Orkney and the Scottish premiere of the finished piece.  For this performance he is joined by renowned violinst Freya Goldmark and the eminent Edinburgh Quartet.

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Calendar

2024

  • 16th August
  • Ligeti Quartet Nuc at Queens Hall
  • Edinburgh
  • 31st July - 5th August
  • Chamber Music coaching at Cambridge Chamber Academy Summer Course
  • Cambridge
  • 19th July
  • Detect Classical Festival: Erland Cooper
  • Germany
  • 6th July
  • Lark Ascending with North Norfolk Sinfonia
  • Norfolk
  • 1st - 5th July
  • Ligeti Quartet WeCompose Music in the Round Tour
  • London, Doncaster, Sheffield
  • June 29th
  • Lark Ascending & Vasks Plainscapes with the New Cambridge Singers
  • Cambridge
  • June 28th
  • Carve The Runes: Scottish Premiere at St Magnus Festival
  • Orkney
  • June 22nd
  • Lark Ascending & Vasks Plainscapes with the New Cambridge Singers
  • Cambridge
  • June 11th - 14th
  • Tour with Erland Cooper
  • Liverpool, Cardiff, Stroud, Totnes
  • June 8th
  • Carve The Runes Then Be Content with Silence: World Premiere at Barbican
  • London
  • June 5th
  • Cheltenham Science Festival
  • Cheltenham
  • June 1st
  • Bergen International Festival with Erland Cooper
  • Norway
  • May 30th
  • Pulp at Primavera Sound
  • Barcelona
  • May 24th
  • Pulp at AFAS Live
  • Amsterdam
  • May 16th-18th
  • Stamford International Music Festival
  • Stamford
  • May 14th
  • Ligeti Quartet Showcase at ClassicalNext
  • Berlin
  • May 6th
  • Ligeti Quartet in Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia
  • May 4th-5th
  • Ligeti Quartet Bang on a Can Festival
  • New York
  • April 17th
  • Ligeti Quartet Nuc at Barbara Hepworth Building
  • Huddersfield
  • April 13th
  • Four Seasons & Lark Ascending with London Concertante
  • Edinburgh
  • April 12th
  • Ligeti Quartet Nuc at Met Lounge
  • Peterborough
  • April 11th
  • Ligeti Quartet Nuc at Woolwich Works
  • London
  • April 2nd-5th
  • Hearing Voices: Manchester Camerata Guest Co-Leader
  • Manchester
  • March 24th
  • Ligeti and Brahms Horn Trios with Joseph Havlat
  • Norfolk
  • March 23rd
  • Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Stamford Chamber Orchestra
  • Stamford
  • March 21st
  • Ligeti Quartet Nuc in Portsmouth Guildhall
  • Portsmouth
  • March 19th
  • Private Event for Mercury KX/Decca
  • London
  • March 14th
  • Ligeti Quartet with Laura Jurd at Burghausen Jazz Festival
  • Germany
  • March 8th-13th
  • Impulse: Music in Motion Tour
  • Scotland
  • March 1st-2nd
  • Recording for solo record
  • London
  • February 26th-29th
  • Recording Ysaye Sonata for Two Violins with Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux
  • UK
  • February 24th
  • SIMFestival Launch Concert; Janacek and Dvorak
  • Stamford
  • February 5th-6th
  • Recording Françaix String Trio with Edgar Francis and Maxim Calver
  • Oxford
  • January 27th
  • Recital with Julian Trevelyan, Strauss, Clara Schumann, Beethoven
  • Welwyn Garden City Concert Club
  • January 24th-26th
  • Ligeti Quartet Music in the Round WeCompose Northern Tour
  • UK
  • January 20th
  • Leading Ensemble for Erland Cooper Queens Hall 200th Anniversary
  • Edinburgh
  • January 19th
  • Ligeti Quartet at Hay Music Trust
  • Hay-on-Wye
  • January 12th-14th
  • Private Performance - Erland Cooper x American Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • New York
  • January 1st
  • Live session from Maida Vale for BBC6 Music Mary Anne Hobbs with Erland Cooper
  • London

2023

  • December 4th
  • Ligeti Quartet at Huddersfield Music Society
  • Huddersfield Town Hall
  • November 28th-30th
  • Recording for Delphian Records with Ligeti Quartet, Arthur Keegan & Lotte Betts-Dean
  • Edinburgh
  • November 2nd-10th
  • Ligeti Quartet Tour
  • Canada
  • October 29th
  • Masterclasses for Cambridge Chamber Academy
  • West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
  • October 18th
  • Nuc in Milton Keynes
  • The Stables, Milton Keynes
  • October 17th
  • Crypt Close-Ups: Black Angels & Anna Meredith
  • St Martin in the Fields, London
  • October 12th
  • Nuc in Manchester
  • The Stoller Hall, Manchester
  • October 9th
  • Ligeti Quartet x Music in the Round WeCompose
  • Portsmouth
  • October 3rd-5th
  • Ligeti Quartet; Composition workshops and performance
  • Copenhagen
  • September 18th-27th
  • Tour with Erland Cooper leading Scottish Ensemble
  • UK
  • September 15th
  • Ligeti Quartet at Iklectik
  • London
  • September 11th-15th
  • Chamber Coaching at Cambridge Chamber Academy
  • Cambridge
  • July 15th
  • Scottish Ensemble; Anno
  • Cheltenham Festival
  • July 14th
  • Imprisoned Absence
  • Langford & Oakshott Rooms, Lincoln College, Oxford
  • July 8th
  • Guest Leader Cambridge Philharmonic & Chorus; Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci
  • Saffron Hall
  • July 6th
  • Ligeti Quartet; Ruth Crawford Seeger Quartet for Sound in Sound
  • Purcell Room Southbank Centre
  • June 30th
  • Nuc in Sunderland
  • The Fire Station, Sunderland
  • June 23rd
  • Ligeti Day at the Aldeburgh Festival; Three concerts featuring all of Ligeti's string chamber music, his violin concerto cadenza and 15 world premieres
  • Snape Maltings Concert Hall
  • June 19th
  • Ligeti Quartet; Ligeti Marathon
  • Goldsmiths University
  • June 18th
  • Guest Leader Norfolk Symphony Orchestra
  • Kings Lynn
  • June 13th
  • Royal Academy of Music: Side by Side
  • David Josefowitz Recital Hall
  • June 2nd
  • Ligeti Quartet; 'Nuc' by Anna Meredith
  • Rymer Auditorium, York
  • June 1st
  • Ligeti Quartet; Ligeti at 100
  • Swaledale Festival, Arkengarthdale Church
  • May 23rd-25th
  • Scottish Ensemble Emerging Minds
  • Inverness
  • May 14th-20th
  • Stamford International Music Festival: Summer 2023; Works by Beethoven, Messiaen, Ades, Francaix, Chausson, Bridge, Mozart, Franck, Howells
  • Stamford Arts Centre / St Mary's Church, Stamford
  • May 13th
  • Duo Recital with Julian Trevelyan; Beethoven and Strauss
  • Château de Fontainebleau, France
  • May 12th
  • Ligeti Quartet; Different Trains and Anna Meredith 'Nuc'
  • Kings Place London
  • May 7th
  • Masterclasses for Cambridge Chamber Academy
  • Old Divinity School Cambridge
  • April 29th
  • Ligeti Quartet; Ligeti at 100
  • Goldmark Gallery Uppingham
  • April 18th
  • Ligeti Quartet; Nuc at Rough Trade East
  • East London
  • April 13th
  • Ligeti Quartet; Nuc Album Launch hosted by Music in the Round
  • The Leadmill, Sheffield
  • March 27th
  • Private violin duo recital with Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux
  • Burghley House
  • March 24th
  • Guest Leader Britten Les Illuminations with Cambridge Philharmonic
  • West Road Concert Hall
  • March 18th
  • Fauré, Francaix & Haydn: SIMFestival Launch
  • Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom
  • February 25th
  • Duo Recital with Julian Trevelyan; Beethoven and Strauss
  • Uppingham
  • February 18th
  • Bath Festival Orchestra
  • St.George's Bristol
  • February 12th
  • Bath Festival Orchestra
  • Cadogan Hall
  • January 24th-25th
  • Composition workshops at Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Milton Court Concert Hall
  • January 14th
  • Guest Leader Cambridge Philharmonic
  • West Road Concert Hall

2022

  • December 20th
  • BBC Radio Three New Music Show live from Sunderland with Ligeti Quartet
  • Fire Station, Sunderland
  • December 12th
  • Recording project with Ligeti Quartet
  • London
  • December 9th-10th
  • Stamford International Music Festival: Winter 2022
  • Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford
  • December 6th
  • Workshops with composition students
  • Leeds Conservetoire
  • November 6th
  • Solo violin recital
  • Uppingham
  • November 1st-4th
  • Scottish Ensemble Outreach work
  • Scotland
  • October 2nd
  • 12 Ensemble x Max Richter
  • Barbican Centre, London
  • October 1st
  • 12 Ensemble x Max Richter
  • Barbican Centre, London
  • September 25th
  • Vivaldi Four Seasons
  • Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk
  • August 13th-14th
  • Southrepps Festival
  • Norfolk
  • July 3rd
  • Thomas Ades, Court Studies from the Tempest
  • Wimbledon
  • June 20th-23rd
  • Scottish Ensemble Concerts for a Summer's Night Tour
  • Perthshire, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh
  • June 16th
  • Bath Festival Orchestra
  • Kings Place
  • June 10th
  • Ligeti Quartet x Kogg at Aldeburgh Festival
  • Britten Studio, Aldeburgh
  • May 19th-22nd
  • Stamford International Music Festival: Summer 2022. Works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Schubert, Haydn, Mendelssohn & Mozart
  • Stamford Arts Centre / St Martin's Church / Browne's Hospital, Stamford
  • April 30th
  • Bartalk with Ligeti Quartet
  • The Crypt, Camberwell
  • April 21st-24th
  • Scottish Ensemble 'Bridge Festival'
  • Glasgow
  • April 16th
  • Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht, Mozart and Haydn
  • St.Martin's Church, Stamford
  • April 6th-11th
  • Ligeti Quartet Tour with Sean Noonan
  • Monmouth, Newcastle, Kirkbymoorside, Glasgow, Hull
  • April 2nd-3rd
  • Llantwit Major Chamber Music Festival
  • Wales
  • March 20th
  • Northern Chords String Orchestra
  • Kings Place
  • March 12th
  • Goldmark Violin Concerto with Oxford Symphony Orchestra
  • Oxford Town Hall, Oxford
  • February 26th
  • Dvorak Quintet and Haydn Quartet's
  • Stamford
  • February 9th
  • Duo Recital with Julian Trevelyan: Beethoven, Schumann
  • Bach, St Olaves, London
  • February 2nd
  • Guest Leader Haydn Salomon Symphonies
  • St Olaves, London
  • January 26th
  • Stravinsky & Bartok Violin, Clarinet and Piano
  • St Olaves, London

Freya Goldmark introduces: Stamford International Music Festival 2023

Stamford International Music Festival is delighted to be back again with an exceptional programme of chamber music, performed over three days by 13 outstanding young talents.

Brahms Contemplation, arr. Heifetz performed by Freya Goldmark & Mark Austin

Brahms Lieder Op. 105: No. 1, ‘Wie Melodien zieht es mir’ arranged by Jascha Heifetz. Freya Goldmark, violin Mark Austin, piano Recorded live at 1901 Arts Club, November 2020

Ligeti Quartet perform Blackfriars live at The state51 Factory

‘Nuc’ is an album comprised entirely of compositions from Anna Meredith’s glittering career, and includes pieces re-arranged by Ligeti Quartet viola player Richard Jones in conjunction with Meredith herself.

Art Direction: Louise Mason; Video: Beatriz Sá; Sound: Harri Chambers, Callum Haynes; Projections: Ewan Jones Morris.

Erland Cooper - Warming, Live from BBC Maida Vale

A quintet of musicians and the voice of Ellen Renton come together to collaborate for Mary Anne Hobbs. We started 2024 for BBC 6 Music with this special live version of Warming (Mvt. 5). Filmed and recorded live at Maida Vale Studios, London.

Loneliness by Pet Shop Boys

Performing for Pet Shop Boys on this latest release was something of a dream come true. This is the official video for Pet Shop Boys’ brand-new single Loneliness, directed by Alasdair McLellan and taken from their forthcoming new album Nonetheless. Available to pre-order here.