Charlie Siem is one of the brightest young stars in classical music. Born in London to a Norwegian father and British mother, Charlie began to play the violin at the age of three after hearing a broadcast of Yehudi Menuhin playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Charlie read music at Girton College, Cambridge from 2006 to 2009. In 1998 he furthered his violin studies with Itzhak Rashkovsky and from 2004 with Shlomo Mintz.
Charlie has appeared with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra alongside conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Yuri Simonov, Sir Roger Norrington, Ed Gardner, Libor Pesěk and Michal Nesterowicz.
Charlie’s recent touring activity includes a recital tour to Norway with renowned pianist Itamar Golan and performances in Holland with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra as well as critically acclaimed performances with the Moscow Philharmonic playing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. His festival appearances include Spoleto, St Moritz, Gstaad, Bergen, Tine@Munch and Windsor.
Charlie is a great believer in giving back to worthwhile causes and is honoured to be an ambassador of the Prince’s Trust and Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music, making Charlie the youngest Professor in the UK.
In addition Charlie 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. Most recently Charlie wrote his first piece for string orchestra, ‘Canopy‘ which was recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra and is featuring on his latest CD with Sony Classical.
Charlie Siem plays the 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the ‘D’Egville’.
2008 Elgar, Grieg: Sonatas for violin & piano – Challenge Classics
2010 Charlie Siem Plays Virtuoso Violin Works – Warner Classics and Jazz
2011 Charlie Siem Plays Bruch, Wieniawski, Ole Bull – Warner Classics and Jazz
2014 Under The Stars – Sony Classical