philip-hDescribed by the The Strad in 2012 as having ‘all the qualities of a world-class artist’, Philip Higham is one of the only British cellists in generations to have won top prizes at three major international competitions (2008 Bach Leipzig, 2009 Lutosławski Competitions and 2010 Grand Prize Emanuel Feuermann). Born in Edinburgh, Philip attended St Mary’s Music School, studying with Ruth Beauchamp, and completed his studies with Emma Ferrand and Ralph Kirshbaum at the RNCM, where he is has been a tutor since 2011. He has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonia, Hallé, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, as well as guest soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In recital he appears regularly at Wigmore Hall and at numerous festivals throughout the UK, including Cheltenham, City of London, Spitalfields, Lichfield and Brighton, as well as festivals in Germany and Italy. He gives performances of Bach next year at the Philips Collection, Washington, and a complete cycle of the Bach suites in Tokyo the year after. His recording of the Britten Solo Suites, released earlier this year by Delphian Records, has received warm praise from The Strad, BBC Music Magazine and International Record Review, among others. At the invitation of Steven Isserlis he has regularly participated in IMS Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove and has drawn particular inspiration from the kind of teaching and music making experienced there. Philip plays a cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore, made in Milan in 1697.