vICTORIA PUTTOCK - BIOGRAPHY
Classical Saxophonist Victoria Puttock prides herself on championing the core saxophone repertoire whilst exploring and commissioning new contemporary works that showcase the full range of this diverse instrument.
Born in Hampshire Victoria has won many awards for her performances including the Jane Melber Saxophone prize and reaching the final of the prestigious TrinityLaban concerto competition. She was awarded the Soirée d'Or Award and the Ian Evan Lombe Award as well as awards from the Countess of Munster Trust, the Seary Trust, the Sir Richard Stapley Trust, Nadfas, The Women’s Career foundation, the Wolfson foundation and the EMI Sound foundation. Victoria is an alumni of both TrinityLaban Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music where she achieved a First class performance degree and a Master of Performance with Distinction respectively.
As a soloist, Victoria has performed recitals at venues including the Royal Albert Hall - Elgar room, the V&A museum, the National Maritime Museum, and the Old Royal Naval Chapel. She made her debut concerto in 2009 with Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera and has since gone on to perform many others, including Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Saxophone, the Tomasi Ballade with full saxophone choir, Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone, and the Ronald Binge Concerto.
Victoria is the Tenor player in the award winning Borealis Saxophone Quartet who recently gave recitals at St James Piccadilly and St Martin in the Fields, the later of which included a world premiere of a new commission by Lucy Armstrong. The Quartet are ParkLane artists and Live Music Now artists and they recently performed live on Radio 3 as BBC introducing artists. Borealis have been selected as recommend artists by Making Music for the 2018/19 series.
Victoria is a dedicated and active chamber musician and has worked with a wide range of large ensembles including the London Sinfonietta Academy, where she was selected to perform as a soloist with the ensemble, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Future Firsts Scheme), the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and the London Electronic Orchestra. She recently performed in the BBC Proms as a member of the Multi-Story Orchestra in Steve Reich's much acclaimed Music for a large ensemble. As the Soprano player in the Oracle Saxophone Quartet who won the Douglas Whittaker Woodwind Chamber Music Competition Victoria had the honour of performing at the Pride of Britain Awards and the Royal Variety after show party. The quartet were chosen to perform for the presidential visit of HRH the Prince of Wales to RCM.
Victoria has performed at many prestigious venues including Cadogon Hall, the Science Museum, the Barbican, St Johns Smith Square, the Southbank Centre, and Chateau du Lac in Belgium as part of the Musica Mundi Gala Concert.
Critics have praised Victoria’s playing as ‘technically impressive’, ‘beautiful’, ‘dynamic’, ‘brilliant’, ‘thrilling’ and ‘very characterful’.