Acclaimed cellist makes a date at Central Hall
ONE of the most prominent young cellists from the UK will perform at the Grimsby Concert Society.
Talented Philip Higham will be joined by pianist Alasdair Beatson at the Central Hall, on Thursday, November 8, at 7.30pm.
In 2010, Philip won second 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 first prize in the 2008 Bach Leipzig and 2009 Lutoslawski competitions.
Acclaimed by critics for his dazzling, flawless technique and subtle and expressive musicianship, Philip has given recitals at major festivals including: the Presteigne, Lichfield and Cheltenham Festivals and in Europe with the Camera Di Caserta in the Autunno Musicale Festival in Naples, the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Mendelssohn Kammerorchester in Leipzig.
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During the past 12 months he has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras and at places such as the Konzerthaus (Vienna), Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the Mecklenburg Vorpommern.
He's just as busy during the 2012/13 season, which includes his debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra performing the Elgar Concerto.
He is due to return to Italy and will also record the complete Britten Suites for Delphian Records for release in 2013. Philip Higham currently plays a fine Tecchler cello. Philip will be accompanied by the renowned pianist, Alasdair Beatson, who recently gave a fifth solo recital at Wigmore Hall, appearances as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and solo recitals in Glasgow's The Piano Festival and Bath's Mozartfest.
His recent CD of Mendelssohn piano music with SOMM Recordings received praise for highly sensitive playing of rare insight (Classic FM Magazine) and was awarded the 'Outstanding' accolade of International Record Review.
During 2012, Alasdair appeared at festivals in Belgium (Resonances), USA (Charlottesville, Virginia), Switzerland (Ernen), and Oxford Chamber Music Festival.
He has played alongside such musicians as Adrian Brendel, Natalie Clein, the Doric String Quartet, Guy Johnston, Pekka Kuusisto and Pieter Wispelwey.
The Central Hall programme includes Cello Sonatas by Richard Strauss, Prokofiev and Shostakovich and music by Webern.
Tickets, costing £12.50 (£2 for students and registered jobseekers) are available from the box office, which is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.30am to 2.30pm, on the door or by calling 01472 355025.