Madeleine Pickering is a British violinist and violist, driven by a desire to bless listeners and performers with music. She recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied as a scholarship student under professors Maureen Smith, Tasmin Little, Michael Foyle (violin), Garfield Jackson and Martin Outram (viola).
Whilst at the Academy she won all the major prizes for her instruments: the Theodore Holland Viola Prize (2016), the Winifred Small Prize for Solo Violin (2020) and the Martin/Hooton Violin Concerto Prize (2021). As winner of the Martin/Hooton Concerto Prize in 2021 she directed and performed as soloist with the Academy String Orchestra in a recording of Mendelssohn’s Concerto in D minor for Violin and String Orchestra.
Madeleine is in regular demand as a chamber musician, orchestral leader and director. Having participated in the LSO String Scheme in 2019, she now enjoys playing with the orchestra professionally. She has been a member of the Musicians’ Company Young Artists’ Programme since 2019, when she received the Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Music Trust Special Award.
She plays on a violin by Giovanni Pistucci c.1800, generously loaned to her by the Harrison-Frank Foundation in association with J&A Beare. Her viola was made by Alexandra Apenberg in 2016.