Conor Gricmanis | GBR | *1995
Noxwode Ensemble | Violine
Raised in a farming background in rural Shropshire, England, Conor Gricmanis graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2020 as a Christopher Hogwood Scholar, receiving his Master’s degree in Historical Violin, studying with Bojan Čićič. Prior to that, he was a student of Rachel Podger for six years, and a concerto soloist for Orchestre français des jeunes.
A regular performer with many notable UK historical ensembles, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Florilegium, Instruments of Time and Truth, and Illyria Consort, Conor Gricmanis is now associate lead Violinist for the London Baroque Orchestra, and has founded two of his own successful ensembles, Noxwode (a baroque string band) and The Wig Society; a Belgian based chamber ensemble specializing in late 18th/early 19th century repertoire. The Wig Society was recently successful in their audition for the EEEmerging+ scheme based in Ambronay, and will take up their residency from January 2022. In addition, the ensemble will embark on a world premiere recording of chamber works from the 18th century/early 19th century planned with Outhere Music Records and Arcana in Italy, October 2022.
Working with various orchestras and ensembles in Holland and in France, Conor Gricmanis was recently appointed as the new violinist for the Belgium chamber group Ensemble Ritrovata, and has performed as a principal member with Millenium Orchestra and Il Gardelino.
He is featured on a number of world premiere recordings and is excited to have recorded his first solo album of 17th century stylus fantasticus Violin sonatas with Noxwode, and the esteemed keyboard player Timothy Roberts in collaboration with First Hand Records. For this album he was loaned the 1572 Andrea Amati Violin.
Conor Gricmanis has performed around the world, including some of the finest venues, such as Wigmore Hall, Brugge Concertgebouw, and The Royal Chapel of Versailles amongst many others. In his final year at the Royal College of Music, he was selected as leader and soloist with the RCM Baroque Orchestra to perform a twelve-concert series at Buckingham Palace.
Conor Gricmanis performs on a 1660’s Paulo Albani Violin.
Foto © Roberto Vivancos
Stand: April 2022