Madeleine Pickering is a British violinist and violist, driven by a desire to bless listeners and performers with music. She recently graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, 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). She regularly led the Academy Chamber, Opera and Symphony Orchestras, collaborating with many world renowned conductors including Trevor Pinnock, Edward Gardner, Semyon Bychkov and Sir Mark Elder in these projects. As First Violinist of the Florizel String Quartet (2015-19) she toured the UK and Italy and won the Wolfe Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize, and she was invited to perform with Joanna MacGregor and Adrian Brendel in the Academy Piano Festival in 2018. 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.
In 2019 Madeleine was awarded a place on the LSO String Experience Scheme, and 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, and she is a Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist 2021-22 for Making Music UK.
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.