Music Network Presents Tasmin Little’s Naked Violin Tour, 25 November - 06 December 2009

15 November 2009

“Tasmin Little was ideal to represent the Menuhin School's alumni. She is a true successor: international star, enthusiastic chamber player, and now conducting, too”. The Independent

Music Network presents Tasmin Little, “One of the supremely great violinists of our time,” (Bernard Jacobson, Musicworld International) on tour from 25 November to 6 December 2009. The programme for this tour is based on Tasmin’s trail-blazing project, The Naked Violin, in which she offered free downloadable works for solo violin in a bid to encourage newcomers to classical music, and includes pieces by J. S. Bach, Béla Bartók, Paul Patterson and Eugène Ysaÿe. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 671 9429 or
Tasmin Little was already being hailed as one of the finest violinists of her generation when in 2008, she turned the music industry on its head with her trail-blazing project, The Naked Violin. The project, which boldly embraced the internet and offered up a free downloadable recital of works for solo violin, achieved phenomenal success after its release and was widely hailed as 'revolutionary' and 'inspiring'. It also drew attention to her mission to make classical music more accessible, and since then, she has been the subject of a South Bank Show, which saw her take her 1708 Stradivarius to play in environments such as the Cockenzie power station in East Lothian, a homeless hostel in Brighton and Belmarsh prison, London.

Noted for her technical virtuosity, velvety tone and irresistible joie de vivre, Tasmin has played with many of the world’s greatest orchestras in a career that has taken her from Katowice to China. A champion of lesser-known works, in 2003 she wowed critics worldwide with her breathtaking performances of Ligeti’s challenging violin concerto while on tour with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.

In addition to her regular solo performances, she now play/directs orchestras such as Norwegian Chamber, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic, European Union Chamber and Britten Sinfonia. Her twenty-three recordings range from Bruch and Brahms to Karlowicz and Arvo Pärt and in March this year she released her latest album, Partners in Time, to critical acclaim.
As an integral part of this tour is to make music accessible, Tasmin will hold workshops that aim to provide participative, engaging and fun musical experiences for young violin students and their classmates in Portlaoise, members of the Donegal Youth Orchestra in Letterkenny, advanced violin students at the Cork School of Music and the University of Limerick.


The Naked Violin tour is interactive in nature and therefore there is a degree of flexibility within the programme. Pieces that will be included are:

Paul Patterson Luslawice Variations, op.50

J. S. Bach Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001

J. S. Bach Partita in E major, BWV 1006

Béla Bartók Melodie

Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op. 27

On Tour: 

Wednesday 25th November, LIMERICK (Belltable, 36 Cecil Street, Limerick, 8pm)

Thursday 26th November, CORK (Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, 8pm)

Friday 27th November, PORTLAOISE (The Dunamaise Arts Centre, 8pm)

Saturday 28th November, SLIGO (Methodist Hall, 8pm)

Sunday 29th November, LETTERKENNY (Regional Cultural Centre, 7pm)

Tuesday 1st December, CLIFDEN (Church of Ireland, Clifden, 8pm)

Thursday 3rd December, DERRY (University of Ulster Magee Campus

The Great Hall, 8pm), Friday 4th December, ARMAGH (Market Place Studio Theatre, 8pm)

Saturday 5th December, DUBLIN (St. Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle, 7pm)

Sunday 6th December, KILKENNY (Kilkenny Castle, 4pm).