Philip Higham

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).

In recent months 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 in Germany and Istanbul.

Philip’s USA debut at the Phillips Collection in Washington received high praise in the Washington Post. Regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3, he has also recorded an acclaimed disc of the Britten Solo Suites on Delphian Records, which won the title of ‘Instrumental disc of the month’ in Gramophone Magazine and ‘Instrumental Choice’ in BBC Music Magazine, being lauded as “A 5-star performance”.

The 2014/15 season will see Philip recording the complete Bach Suites, and performances at the Musashino Cultural Foundation in Tokyo as well as a return visit to London’s Wigmore Hall.

Born in Edinburgh, Philip studied at the RNCM with Emma Ferrand and Ralph Kirshbaum. Early in his career he won top prizes at major international competitions including 1st Prize in the 2008 Bach Leipzig and 2009 Lutoslawski Competitions, and 2nd Prize in the 2010 Feuermann Competition. He was selected by the Young Classical Artist Trust in 2009. Philip plays a fine Milanese cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore, made in 1697.

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You can listen to quite a few clips of Philip’s playing here:

Philip Higham, image © Kaupo Kikkas

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