Philip Higham has been described as ‘possessing that rare combination of refined technique with subtle and expressive musicianship … [with] all the qualities of a world-class artist’ (The Strad ), and has been praised for his ‘expansive but tender playing’ (Gramophone). It is these qualities that distinguish him as one of the most prominent young cellists from the UK.
Philip has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall (broadcast by BBC Radio 3), the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Brighton Festival, the City of London Festival, Gower Festival and Lichfield Festival, and further afield in Germany and Istanbul. Philip has performed at the Phillips Collection in Washington and a concert as part of the Britten Centenary in Aldeburgh (again broadcast by BBC Radio 3). Recent appearances include the West Cork Chamber Music, Three Choirs, Branscombe and Salisbury festivals and a performance of the complete Bach Suites in Tokyo at the Musashino Cultural Foundation.
Philip’s debut recording of the Britten Solo Suites was released in 2013 by Delphian Records (DCD34125) to great critical acclaim. The disc won the accolade of Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and ‘Instrumental Choice’ in BBC Music Magazine, being lauded as ‘a 5-star performance’. His recording of the Bach Cello Suites (DCD34150) was released in 2015.
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 first prize in the 2008 Bach Leipzig and 2009 Lutosławski competitions, and second prize in the 2010 Feuermann Competition. He was selected by the Young Classical Artist Trust in 2009.