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PAUL
WATKINS
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CHAN 10792
British Works for Cello and Piano, Volume 2
CHAN 5106
Lutoslawski
Orchestral Works, Volume III
CHAN 10741
British Works for Cello and Piano, Volume 1
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BIOGRAPHY

One of Britain’s foremost cellists, Paul Watkins performs regularly with the major British orchestras and has made six appearances as concerto soloist at the BBC Proms, most recently in a televised performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto at the 2009 First Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jirí Belohlávek. Abroad, he has performed with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Yakov Kreizberg at the Concertgebouw, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Turin and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. He has toured Italy and Prague with the BBC Philharmonic and China and the Far East with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated chamber musician, he has been a member of the Nash Ensemble since 1997. His discography includes, for Chandos, the Cello Concertos of Tobias Picker and Cyril Scott and Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. Following his debut at the 2002 Leeds Conductors’ Competition, at which the jury unanimously awarded him first prize, Paul Watkins has also become a successful conductor. In 2009 he took up appointments as Music Director of the English Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra.

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CHAN 10039
Picker
Keys to the City/ And Suddenly it's Evening/ Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

'This disc's primary attraction, though, is its inclusion of two newer, mor...
CHAN 10389
Bennett
Orchestral Works, Volume 1

Blindfolded you might easily guess some newly discovered score by Bernstein or Copland, as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s 1995 P...
CHAN 10452
Scott
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra/ Symphony No. 1

"This is in some ways the most revealing of the issues in Brabbin’s Cyril Scott series for ...

CHAN 10561
Dallapiccola
Orchestral Works, Volume 2

“…A huge range of mood  and dynamics – whether mysterious, yearning, vast, dramatic, or minisc...

CHAN 10602
Martinu
Sonatas and Variations for Cello and Piano

“…The playing here by the Watkins duo is exemplary.”



 

CHAN 10658
Britten
Works for Orchestra

“... it’s [Gloriana] full of wonderful music. Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic bring out the melancholy undertow and t...

CHAN 10674
Rozsa
Orchestral Works, Volume 2

“...Paul Watkins on the present disc is ... a very impressive contender and no fan of the composer should hang back fro...

CHAN 10701
Mendelssohn
Works for Cello and Piano

“... this new Chandos offering from the Watkins brothers, it’s instantly and unreservedly recommended.&rdquo...