Garth Knox

Garth Knox is at the forefront of the new music scene in many fields. Drawing on his vast experience as viola player of the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble intercontemporain and his close collaboration with most of the leading composers of today, he has become a unique performer of music of many different styles, ranging from minimalist understatement to the cutting edge of new techniques and new technologies.
More recently thanks to his interest in the viola d’amore and the medieval fiddle, his repertoire has opened up to the music of the past (medieval, baroque) which he persuasively brings into the present, and his irish/scottish roots enable him to dialogue with traditional celtic music without complexes. He has always felt at home as an improviser, and now more and more so as a composer also, deploying his musical ideas as innovative instrumental theatre.


The Book of Angels

New CD ! Available here :


The Kronos Quartet have commissioned a string quartet from Garth Knox as part of their “Fifty for the Future” project. It was premiered by the Kronos in Seattle in February 2016, and you can now hear it online here
Full score & parts here


Volume II of the Viola Spaces, duo versions of the original Viola Spaces for two violas has now been published by Schott, and new videos of these can be seen on the dedicated Viola Spaces page on this site. The sheet music can be purchased here


Garth Knox’s new piece for Solo Viola d’amore, commissioned by Radio France, can be heard, alone with a short interview here  [ review ]

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Leonard — John Zorn

Leonard John Zorn

Garth Knox and the Trio Saltarello, Agnès Vesterman, Sylvain Lemêtre, Julia Robert, for a new CD available here :



Garth Knox’s latest CD release is called “Song of Songs” and features “Naturale” by Luciano Berio for viola, tape and pecussion, “Just” by David Lang and “En la Mar” by Betty Olivero. Fellow performers on the recording : the Trio Medieval (voice), Agnès Vesterman (cello), Sylvain Lemetre (percussion), Cliona Doris (harp). Available now on iTunes


Saltarello CD

“Saltarello” is the title of Garth Knox’s latest CD with ECM. Playing viola, viola d’amore and medieval fiddle, he is accompanied by Agnès Vesterman, cello, and Sylvain Lemêtre, percussion, in a wide-ranging repertoire, reaching from Hildegard von Bingen to Kaija Saariaho, and including Dowland, Purcell, Vivaldi and Knox himself, as well as some Irish traditional music. More info : ECM Records


CD Viola d'Amore vol V
CD Viola d’Amore vol V

In reply to an invitation from the innovative net-label Shsk’h, Garth Knox recorded this collection of improvisations on solo viola d’amore in New York in November 2009.
Tracks range from «Oriental Blues», improvisations with amplified sympathetic strings, african-inspired running pizzicato, and a track acompanied by the motor noises of a living sculpture.
Garth Knox’s first online CD is now available for listening and downloading. SKSK’H

Complete Discography available here