25 year-old English violinst Charlie Siem is in the latest edition of Vogue. “Handsome almost to the point of absurdity” is written in the first paragraph, and coming from Vogue that's not a bad compliment. He also plays the violin quite well, and that distinguished font of musical criticism, Classic FM called him “one of the most exciting young violin talents around”.
The Times reveiwing his 2008 Elgar recording said, “Charlie Siem unusual is his emotional control – so firm, and so British, that it bites into the power of his otherwise fluent account of Elgar's Violin Sonata”.
His third album, with the London Symphony Orchestra, is out at the end of September with concertos by Henryk Wieniawski and Max Bruch and a piece by Ole Bull.
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Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.