Born in Philadelphia in 1984, from 1997 Bartholomew LaFollette was a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In 2003 he won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Louise Hopkins, graduating in 2008.
Bartholomew has won numerous prizes and awards including the Guilhermina Suggia Gift and a Jellinek Award which led to performances of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with orchestras throughout Europe and the USA. In 2007 he was the first recipient of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s prestigious Ardán Award which offers a young emerging international soloist a platform at the ICO’s music festival and appearances as soloist, including a performance of Haydn’s Concerto in C under Gabor Takacs-Nagy.
Engagements during 2008/9 included an IMS Prussia Cove ensemble tour, recitals at Wigmore Hall, St. George’s Bristol, King’s Place, Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Bridgewater Hall, the Gower and Brighton festivals and several performances of the Schubert Quintet with the Doric String Quartet. As a soloist he performed the Dvorak Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Brahms Double Concerto with the Poznan Phiharmonic Orchestra in Poland. Future plans include recitals throughout the UK and in France.