Charlotte de Rothschild

Charlotte de Rothschild studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and at the Royal College of Music in London. With her wide knowledge of the song repertoire, from different eras, countries and genres, she has created some wonderful themed programmes; the best known being the "Family Connections" programme which Charlotte has performed all over the world. Some of the concerts took place in original family houses such as the Villa Ephrussi-Rothschild in the south of France, the Chateau de Ferrieres outside Paris and in the Rothschild-Palais in Frankfurt where she presented this programme for Chancellor Kohl on the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mayer Amschel, the founder of the dynasty. Her CD "Family Connections" has had world-wide success.

Charlotte's oratorio career has been extensive; she was a soloist for the Bach Choir with Sir David Willcocks in Exeter, Wells and Truro Cathedrals, in King's College, Cambridge and at the Royal Festival Hall. She performed in Mozart's Requiem twice in the Place de la Madeleine in Paris and was a soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle for a recording made in Japan. Charlotte also specialises in the voice and harp repertoire and has had many such recitals and tours in Germany, France, Denmark, Hong Kong, South Korea, America and Japan. Charlotte released a CD of voice and harp music recorded at Charlecote Park for the National Trust label, to coincide with the Trust's centenary.
After performing in Japan for over ten years, Ongaku no tomo invited her to record a CD of classical Japanese songs called A Japanese Journey. She was the first gai-jin (foreigner) to have recorded a complete CD of these beautiful songs in their native tongue and as such was hailed as a pioneer. As a result of her involvement in promoting the beauty of these songs, she took part in many concerts in the Japan 2001 Festival being held in the U.K., including concerts in the South Bank, St. John's Smith Square, and two solo recitals. A 20-minute arrangement of Kohsaku Yamada songs adapted by Yui Kakinuma was commissioned especially for Charlotte and the English Chamber Orchestra in a concert held at the Barbican. She also premièred this work in Prague Castle with a chamber orchestra. She devised and performed in a 90-minute television documentary for NHK TV called "Rothschild Passions".

A Japanese Journey Fairy Songs