who attended the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music. His teachers included Pierre Doukan and Gyorgy Pauk. He
has been a member of The Melchior Ensemble, mobius,
and The Philharmonia.
In 1999, he
accompanied Alison Nicholls at the World Harp Congress in Prague, The Czech Republic, and appeared
on the mobius albums, Chamber Music and Bax: Quintet for harp and strings;
Elegiac Trio; Fantasy Sonata; Sonata for flute and harp. He played the violin on the
soundtrack of the Vikram Seth book, An Equal Music, in 2000. In 2003, he performed on the Karl
Jenkins CD, Adiemus V:
Live, and reunited with Alison Nicholls on Strings Attached.
His group, mobius, released Herbert Howells: Rhapsodie
Quintet; Violin Sonata No.3; Clarinet Sonata; Harp Prelude in 2004.
June 2006, he participated in the Salisbury International Arts Festival by
playing a new work by Alec Roth and Vikram Seth,
based on the poetry of Du Fu, entitled Songs
in the Time of War, at Wilton
Church. The concert was reprised at the
Chelsea Festival in St. Luke’s & Christ Church
on 19th June and the Lichfield
Festival on 6th July.
Before the year was out, two more CDs bearing Philippe’s name
had graced the record shelves: Villa Lobos: Chamber Music by mobius and Overloaded: The Singles Collection by Sugababes.
June 2007, he and fellow violinist Maya Iwabuchi,
pianist Gretel Dowdeswell and violist Vicci Wardman performed Sir
Edward Elgar’s “Piano Quintet” and Gustav Mahler’s “Piano
Quartet” at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, England.
Ex Cathedral on 8th June 2007 for a mostly Bach affair that
featured the master’s “Chaconne for Solo Violin”, Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 and Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied, BWV 225 and the premiere of Alec Roth’s
and Vikram Seth’s “Confluences Part
II – A Shared Ground” at Wilton Church. In July 2007, the concert was
repeated at Lichfield Cathedral in
cellist Steven Isserlis and soprano Patricia Rozario premiered Jonathan Dove’s “Minterne” in celebration of the Summer Music
Society of Dorset’s forty-fifth birthday on 30th August
March 2008, The Melchior Ensemble interpreted Bach’s “Ricercare a sei voci” from The
Musical Offering, BWV 1079, Felix Mendelssohn’s “Octet in E
flat, Op. 20” and “Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence” at Peterhouse Theatre in Cambridge.
premiered several works on 22nd March 2008 at Wigmore Hall, with a little bit of Mozart’s “Clarinet
Quintet” and “Flute Concerto in D major, K. 314” thrown
in. New works performed
included: “Cellobius” by George Tsontakis;
“Death by Figs” by Alec Roth; “Emerging” by Rhian Samuel; “Postlude” by Huw Watkins; “Rose” by Roxanna Panufnik; and, “Thorns” by Sally Beamish.
May 2008, Philippe and the Britten Sinfonia and
tenor Mark Padmore delivered the world premiere
of Alec Roth’s and Vikram Seth’s “Confluences
Part III – The Traveller” at
Salisbury Cathedral. The
program was reprised at the Chelsea Festival on 18th June and
the Lichfield Festival on 8th July. Complementing the third installment
of “Confluences” were Gerald Finzi’s
“Dies Natalis”, Henry Purcell’s
“Chacony in G minor”, and Eugene Ysaye’s “Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor,
Op. 27”. Again, record
shelves were stocked, or soon to be, with more recordings featuring
Philippe’s virtuosity: American Serenades, Messaien:
Chamber Works, and Songs
in the Time of War.
June 2009, he helped premiere “Confluences Part IV – Seven Elements”
at St. Luke’s & Christ Church as part of the Chelsea Arts Festival in London, England. The concert was repeated at the Lichfield Cathedral on 15th July, and included
The Shepherd on the Rock and “Violin
Sonata in A major” by Franz Schubert.
Philippe appeared on the Karnataka album, The Gathering Light.
He also participated in the Leicester International Music Festival
Lunchtime Concerts with cellist David Cohen, violinist Maya Iwabuchi and violists Nicholas Bootiman
and Rebecca Chambers at the New Walk Museum
and Art Gallery.
June 2010, mobius and the Orchestra and Choir of
the Centre for Young Musicians Hackney appeared at Shoreditch
Church in London in a program that comprised new works by Christopher Ash
and Ben Oliver, “Divertimenti for String Quartet” by Benjamin
Britten, “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams,
and “Stucke for String Quartet and Ensemble”
by Tristan Schulze.
the guest leader of the City of Birmingham
Symphony Orchestra on 10th February
2011 at Symphony Hall for a tripleheader that included Antonin
Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 7”, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder,
and Schubert’s “Symphony No. 8” (“Unfinished”).
March 2011, he was the violinist du jour at St.
Andrew’s Church as part of BBC Radio 4’s “Sunday Morning