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Philip Higham, Cello

Philip Higham has been described as ‘possessing that rare combination of refined technique with subtle and expressive musicianship… all the qualities of a world-class artist’ (The Strad). Already in high demand, in recent years Philip has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Brighton Festival, the City of London Festival and Lichfield Festival as well as debuts further afield in Germany and Istanbul.

His USA debut at the Phillips Collection in Washington received high praise in the Washington Post. Already regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Philip has also recorded an acclaimed disc of the Britten Solo Suites (Delphian Records), which won the title of ‘Instrumental disc of the month’ in Gramophone Magazine. In 2015 sees Philip’s recording of the complete Bach Suites was released to critical acclaim, and was preceded by complete performances of the suites at the Musashino Cultural Foundation in Tokyo, and here at the Oriental Club.

Future performances of the suites take place at the Bath Festival 2016 and at Wigmore Hall in 2017. Philip plays a fine Milanese cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore, made in 1697, and is grateful for continued support from Harriet’s Trust.

1st Prize - 16th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, Leipzig, 2008
1st Prize - 7th International Lutoslawski Competition, Warsaw, 2009
2nd Prize - Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann, Berlin, 2010

Philip Higham (1995 - 2003)

Philip Higham, Cello

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