BCMG Violinist Marcus Barcham-Stevens

Marcus Barcham-Stevens


One of Marcus’ first projects with BCMG was back in 2000, almost a “baptism of fire” in a European tour with Sir Simon Rattle, playing violin in Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and also playing viola in Colin Matthews’ Continuum. Since then, Marcus has done some other fantastic projects with BCMG, highlights including: playing Thomas Adès’ Court Studies from the Tempest with Adès himself as pianist at Carnegie Hall, New York, and playing for Pierre Boulez in Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks.

Marcus has played at the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble; performed chamber music with Freddy Kempf, Peter Donohoe, Paul Lewis, Alina Ibragimova, Leon McCawley and Paul Watkins; he has guest-led Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, and the CBSO; and also held the position of Principal First Violin with the CBSO. Marcus is currently playing with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, the chamber ensemble Chroma and in recital with his wife, pianist Christina Lawrie. Marcus is also a composer, and his piece Dhyana for soprano and ensemble, performed in 2011, was described as “hugely impressive” by the Guardian (George Hall, 2011).