Philip Higham CELLO

Described by the The Strad in 2012 as having ‘all the qualities of a world-class artist’, Philip Higham is rapidly emerging as one of the most prominent young cellists from the UK.  In 2010 he won 2nd prize in the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin, making him the first British cellist in generations to have won top prizes at three major international competitions, including 1st Prize in the 2008 Bach Leipzig and 2009 Lutoslawski Competitions.  He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2009.

Over the last year Philip has made his debut as soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Arensky Chamber Orchestra and Edinburgh Youth Orchestra (conducted by Garry Walker) at the Konzerthaus (Vienna), Cadogan Hall (London), Colston Hall (Bristol) and Usher Hall (Edinburgh).  Concert appearances included Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Muensterland, Grachten, Presteigne, Lichfield and Cheltenham Festivals (the latter broadcast by BBC Radio 3).  He also took part in the IMS Prussia Cove 40th Anniversary celebrations at Wigmore Hall.

Engagements during 2013 include his debut with the Bournemouth Symphony, Hallé and Philharmonia Orchestras, a recital in the Wigmore Hall Master series, and concerts at the Brighton, City of London and Gower Festivals.   Further afield he gives recitals in Istanbul and Turin and makes his USA debut in 2014.   His recording of the complete Britten Cello Suites for Delphian Records was released in January to critical acclaim.

Philip has given recitals at major festivals and venues throughout Europe including performances of the complete Bach Cello Suites at the Lammermuir Festival and Perth Festivals, recitals at Lake Maggiore (Italy), the Bachwoche in Ansbach, Leipzig BachFest, the Gioventù Musicale d'Italia, Victoria Arts Festival in Malta, Manchester International Cello Festival, City Halls Glasgow, the Spitalfields, Brighton and Lake District Summer Music Festivals.  He has appeared as soloist with Sinfonia Cymru, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Camera Di Caserta in the Autunno Musicale Festival in Naples, the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Mendelssohn Kammerorchester in Leipzig, and performed Finzi’s Concerto to critical acclaim at St. John’s Smith Square (London).   

In 2010 he took part in an IMS Prussia Cove Ensemble tour and was one of the first artists invited to take part in the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme with Steven Isserlis.  Born in Edinburgh in 1985, Philip studied at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh with Ruth Beauchamp and at the Royal Northern College of Music with Emma Ferrand and Ralph Kirshbaum.  He graduated in 2007 with First class Honours and was immediately selected as an International Artist Diploma student. 

Philip Higham currently plays a fine Tecchler cello (c.1730)

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