The annual award is given to a distinguished musician for services to chamber music

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Lawrence Power © Giorgia Bertazzi

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On 9 November 2023, violist Lawrence Power was awarded the Walter Willson Cobbett Medal for services to chamber music. Since 1924, the award has been given annually to a distinguished musician, selected by the court of the Musician’s Company.

Power has enjoyed an international performance career, recently touring to Shanghai and Beijing with the Staatskappelle Dresden. As a chamber musician, he regularly performs at Verbier, Salzburg, Aspen, Oslo and other festivals with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Nicholas Alstaedt, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Vilde Frang, Maxim Vengerov and Joshua Bell. He became a Wigmore Hall associate artist in 2021, a position lasting five years which sees artists performing at least once every season. Power is the founder and artistic director of the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2021.

His forthcoming engagements include the premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Viola Concerto with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. This is the fifth concerto in his V10LA project – a project to commission 10 Viola Concertos by 2030, supported by The Viola Commissioning Circle.

Previous string winners of the Cobbett Medal include Corina Belcea, Kenneth Sillito and Steven Isserlis.

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