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World-renowned violinist Tasmin Little gave her last concert in December 2020 and said goodbye to her violin. She dips into her diary and looks back over her unparalleled career.

Tasmin Little is a violinist who has been thrilling audiences around the world for more than 30 years. From tiny recital venues to the grandest of concert halls, her aim has been to share her excitement in the power of music with as many people as possible.

In May 2019 Tasmin began what she thought was going to be a carefully structured countdown to retirement, leading towards a groundbreaking recital at London’s South Bank centre just over a year later. She began a diary to reflect on this final part of her musical journey, but a serious finger injury and the global pandemic ended up making her path far from predictable.

Eventually on 22nd December 2020, she gave her last concert and in early January this year she said goodbye to her precious Guadagnini violin - her companion for three decades.

In the final episode of her series, Tasmin remembers the many musicians she has collaborated with across three decades as a soloist. She has had close working relationships with not one, but four pianists: Piers Lane, John Lenehan and Martin Roscoe have shared the concert platform with her for many years, and more recently she found an exciting new partnership with the young Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin.

She also thinks about some of the other people who've inspired her, for instance Itzhak Perlman and his ‘scrumptious’ sonority of tone, and the dozens of conductors she has worked with, from Sir Simon Rattle to Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sir Andrew Davis.

And listening again to a beloved concerto that she performed professionally more than 70 times leads her to reflect happily on her decision to leave the concert platform, while still at the top of her game.

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Music Played

  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Concert Fantasy on Carmen for violin & orchestra

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
  • Roxanna Panufnik

    Four World Seasons - Autumn

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Pietro Locatelli

    Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 3 No. 11 - 1st movement

    Performer: Susanne Lautenbacher.
    • VOX.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Scheherazade - 2nd movement, The Story of the Kalendar Prince

    Performer: Christopher Warren‐Green. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures at an Exhibition - V & VI

    Performer: Andrey Gugnin.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


    Composer: John Lenehan. Composer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: John Lenehan.
    • WARNER.
  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski

    Piano Concerto - Romanza

    Performer: Piers Lane. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jerzy Maksymiuk.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Trio in A minor

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Performer: Lynn Harrell. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • Edward Elgar

    Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 - 1st movement

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Edward Elgar

    Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 - Finale

    Performer: Albert Sammons. Orchestra: The New Queen’s Hall Orchestra. Conductor: Henry Wood.
    • HMV.
  • Edward Elgar

    Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 - Finale

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Davis.
    • CHANDOS.


  • Sunday 23:00