Michelle Falcon - Viola and Violin Player

Michelle Falcon

Michelle Falcon is a professional freelance viola and violin player. Having played in string quartets since 1998, Michelle has a wealth of experience in playing chamber music and performing in that forum for concerts, weddings and functions. She is a keen chamber musician and has performed in various recitals with the Bath Spa String Quartet including performances for Bath International Music Festival and Rode Chamber Music Society. In chamber music roles, Michelle has received coaching from the Badke, Emperor, Chilingirian, Skampa and Kuss Quartets.  She has performed viola sonatas by Brahms, Shostakovich, Martinu and Bax in masterclasses with Martin Outram, Garfield Jackson, Suzy Meszaros and Yuko Inoue and in 2011 was the only solo viola player to be selected to perform in one of the LDSM Artists Concert at Grasmere, as part of the Lake District Summer Music Festival. Michelle frequently performs as a duo with pianist Olga Paliy and gives solo recitals at venues across the UK.  She works regualrly with local composers, which have included Howard Davidson and Roger Bolton and recent session work has included recording solo viola parts for the BBC2 documentary on the 'Dambusters' (Howard Davidson).

Her orchestral experience has involved playing with the English Symphony Orchestra, Bath Baroque (on period instruments), Bath Philharmonia, the Amadeus Orchestra, New Bristol Sinfonia, the Rehearsal Orchestra, the London Repertoire Orchestra and numerous freelance work with orchestras and pit bands across the UK and Europe. She has accompanied the East London Sinfonia on two tours of Tuscany and had several years of orchestral experience as part of the Southampton Youth Orchestra and with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Symphony Orchestra. Following two tours to France with Hampshire Sinfonietta, Michelle works as a violist and violinist in a chamber orchestra in France and now makes regular trips with conductor, John Jenkins, to the Dordogne on behalf of Variations Choral Society. Michelle recently performed in a concert with ‘The Priests’ at the Cadogan Hall, London. In addition, she has been Guest Leader on several occasions for the Oadby & Wigston Civic Orchestra in Leicestershire and has been Principal Viola with Bath Concertino and the Orchestra of St John's. Michelle’s professional engagements have included solo appearances with the Argyle String Orchestra playing the Larsson Viola Concertino & Hindemith Trauermusik, a performance of the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto in D with the Oadby & Wigston Civic Orchestra and solo recitals for Wiltshire Rural Music School.

Michelle’s teachers have included Joan Schmeising (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), Richard White, Julia Bishop (Red Priest), Lucy Gould (Gould Piano Trio), John Stein (Welsh National Opera) and Martin Humbey (Academy of St Martin in the Fields & English Chamber Orchestra). Michelle graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance in July 2009 and continues to study with Martin Humbey on viola. Michelle gained a Licentiate Diploma with distinction for performance on viola from Trinity College London (LTCL) in July 2010.

Michelle is available as a violin or viola player for recitals, teaching and coaching. Please contact her on 07749 651010.


Public Performance Diary

Please check here for regular updates on forthcoming concerts:   

Thursday 29th March 2012
Michelle Falcon (viola) & Olga Paliy (piano)
Manvers St Baptist Church, Bath
1.00 - 1.45pm
Donations to the nominated charity

Martinu Sonata No 1 for viola & piano
Brahms Sonata No 2 in Eb major for viola & piano

Friday 1st June 2012
Bath Spa Recital Quartet at Bath International Music Festival
Assembly Rooms, Bath
Free entry to Party in the City

Schubert 'Rosamunde' Quartet in A minor

Saturday 30th June 2012
Bath Spa String Quartet at Keynsham Music Festival
Memorial Park, Keynsham
Tickets available in advance or on the door

Programme to include:
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
Barber Adagio for String Quartet
Debussy Claire de Lune
Mozart 'Musical Joke'
Dvorak 'American' String Quartet

Monday 6th August 2012
Lake District Summer Music Festival - Public Masterclass with Yuko Inoue

Michelle Falcon (Viola) & Susie Summers (Piano)
Brathay Hall
Near Ambleside
Tickets available on the door £10
Programme to include:
Martinu Viola & Piano Sonata No 1

Saturday 6th October 2012
Bath Concertino &  soloist Michelle Falcon (viola)
St Bartholomew's Church, Oldfield Park, Bath
Tickets on the door

Programme to include:
Holst Lyric Movement for viola, strings and wind
Elgar Introduction & Allegro

Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Bohuslav Duo Recital 
Michelle Falcon (viola) & Olga Paliy (piano)
St Thomas a Becket Church, Box, Wiltshire
Tickets on the door

Programme to include:
York Bowen Sonata No.1 in C minor for viola & piano
Bach Viola Da Gamba Sonata in G major for viola & piano
Beethoven movements from 'Notturno'
Glazunov 'Elegy'

Friday 24th May 2013
Bohuslav Duo at Bath International Music Festival
Pump Rooms, Bath
Free entry to Party in the City

York Bowen Sonata No.1 in C minor for viola & piano

Saturday 10th August 2013
Lake District Summer Music Festival
Chilingirian Quartet, Garfield Jackson, Gregor Horsch
LDSM Academy Artists
Ambleside Parish Church, Cumbria
Tickets on the door

Beethoven 'Serioso' Quartet in F minor, Op.95
Michael Berkeley 'Abstract Mirror' for String Quintet
Brahms Sextet in Bb major, Op.18

Saturday 5th October 2013
Bath Concertino with soloists David Heyes (Double Bass) & Michelle Falcon (viola)
St Bartholomew's Church, Oldfield Park, Bath
Tickets £10 on the door

Concerto for Double Bass, Vanhal
Concerto for Double Bass & Viola, Dittersdorf
Symphony No 89, Haydn
Symphony No 40, Mozart

Saturday 20th September 2014
Bath Concertino &  Soloist Michelle Falcon (viola)
St Bartholomew's Church, Oldfield Park, Bath
Tickets £10- £12 on the door

Programme to include:
Concerto for Viola, Michael Short (World Premiere)
Concerto for Viola, Carl Stamitz

Sunday 10th May 2015
Bohuslav Duo - Michelle Falcon (viola) & Olga Paliy (piano)
Midsomer Norton Town Hall
Donations on the door

Martinu Viola Sonata - first movement
Two Russian Piano pieces
Glazunov 'Elegy' for viola & piano
Brahms Sonata in Eb for viola & piano

Friday 10th July 2015
West Mendip Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Simons with Soloist Michelle Falcon (viola)
The Friends Meeting House, Sidcot
Tickets on the door

Programme to include:
Mussorgsky "Night on a Bare Mountain"
Walton Viola Concerto
Dvorak Symphony No 9 "New World"


Thursday 24th November 2016 - Argyle String Orchestra, Bath 
Soloist Michelle Falcon (viola)
Central United Reform Church, Argyle Street, Bath
Tickets on the door

Programme to include:
Concertino for Viola & Orchestra by A. Rolla