French‐English cellist Vladimir Waltham was born in 1989 into a family of musicians. Soon showing outstanding musical talent, he joined the Toulouse Conservatoire at the age of 6, where he studied Cello in the class of Lluís Claret, and Piano with Thierry Huillet. After a brief period in the Conservatoire of Pau, from where he graduated with the highest possible honours in both Cello and Chamber Music, he joined the Cello class of Pierre Doumenge at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Britain. He then went on to study with Mr. Doumenge at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also studied baroque cello with Alison McGillivray and Viols with Liam Byrne, and frequently appeared as solo, principal or continuo cellist with the school’s various orchestras, before obtaining his MMus with Distinction in 2012.
An extremely versatile musician, Vladimir divides his time between solo, chamber and teaching work on both modern and baroque Cello. He has appeared as a concerto soloist in England and France, is a founding member of the Linos Piano Trio (formerly the Lakeside Trio), which has earned high praise for its “slow-burning, gripping” performances and made its debut at the Wigmore Hall in March 2012; in September 2011 he founded the Hieronymus Quartet with three fellow postgraduates from the Guildhall, which was selected to represent the school in the 2012 Cavatina Intercollegiate Prize for Chamber Music, where it took both the main prize and the audience prize, since when it has gone from success to success with glowing reviews. In 2013 he was one of two young musicians selected by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation, which loans him a beautiful baroque cello by Nicola Gagliano, on which he played in the final of the 2013 York Early Music Competition with his Duo Domenico, which took the audience prize.
His still short career has taken him to halls all over the world, including all of London’s major halls (Wigmore, Barbican, Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, Cadogan halls, King’s Place, Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square...), but also Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Musiekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Vienna’s Schönberg Center, and many more. He has shared the platform with artists including Philippe Graffin, Daniel Phillips, Daniel Rowland, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Karine Georgian, Jean-Guihen Queyras, & Alexander Baillie.