Philippa Mo, solo violin
Partita, Fantasia, Caprice
Saturday 28 April 6.30 pm
Tickets: £12.50 or £28 with dinner to follow
Internationally acclaimed British violinist Philippa Mo plays the complete works for violin by Bach in six concerts with other dances and fantasias woven in too. The concerts combine baroque and contemporary music with one of the six Bach pieces in each. In Concert No. 3 Philippa will play Bach’s second Partita in D minor.
We are proud to present the gifted Philippa Mo whose fascinating and carefully thought-through introductions to the programmes she chooses shed an illuminating personal light on her precise and deeply felt violin playing.
‘Mo’s lyrical phrasing was full of tenderness and beauty’ Opera Today
Philippa Mo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. She now performs extensively as a chamber musician. She has given performances and live broadcasts worldwide, including her acclaimed debut at the Wigmore Hall, recitals at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, St John’s, Smith Square, London, the Deutsches Museum, Munich, the Natural History Museum, Ulaan Bataar, when she was invited as the only British musician to participate as soloist in the International Music Festival of Contemporary Music, Mongolia in 2002. Philippa has also been invited to play at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and The Tate St Ives in the UK and more further afield at the Ankara International Music Festival and the Lincoln Center, New York.
A champion of contemporary music, Philippa has given workshops on British music at the Central Conservatory, Beijing and at Bilkent and Hacettep Universities in Ankara, Turkey. She coached students of the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Kazakhstan in Almaty 2007-09. She has worked closely with many leading British composers including Gabriel Prokofiev, Robert Fokkens, Cecilia McDowall, Leo Geyer, Deborah Pritchard, David Matthews, John McCabe, Jim Aitchison, Wendy Hiscocks and Errollyn Wallen and has given premieres of their solo and violin duo works.
Philippa has established an ongoing relationship with the Tate St Ives and recently recorded a solo work written for her by Leo Geyer on the anniversary of Barbara Hepworth to be used as a sound installation at the Tate. She also premiered a new solo work by composer Jim Aitchison alongside his monumental solo work Shibboleth at CAST, Helston and at the Porthmeor studios, St Ives. Concerto appearances include a newly commissioned work for Truro Cathedral as part of the innovative Online Orchestra Project with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires in The Venue, Leeds, with conductor Natalia Luis Bassa and John McCabe’s Les Martinets Noirs at the Lidköping Festival, Sweden.
Philippa has released critically acclaimed recordings for the NMC, Dutton and Nimbus labels.
She was appointed Senior Lecture in Violin at Leeds College of Music and awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2015.
Philippa has just launched a brand new concert series in Bermondsey London called TunedIn to Shortwave nights and will be performing monthly alongside leading European musicians Martin Fogel, guitar, Timothy Ridout, viola, Jakob Kullberg, cello and Ronni Kot Wendell, marimba and vibraphone.
Philippa is also the founding member of the Retorica violin duo:
“…faultless technique and unfailing insight.” Gramophone Magazine
“The two violins are wielded with enough delicacy and charm to immerse the listener into some really penetrating expression on the vivid scale of a full symphony orchestra” – British Music Society News
Philippa Mo and Harriet Mackenzie met at the Royal Academy of Music. Since then, Retorica have performed worldwide to great acclaim. Highlights include recitals in the most prestigious halls in China , Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Japan, Germany and the Channel Islands. In the UK their performances include the Barbican Centre, International festivals of Bury St Edmunds and Ripon, Presteigne and the William Alwyn Festival.
Retorica’s debut CD English Violin Duos was chosen as Gramophone Magazine‘s ‘Editor’s choice’ and the ‘must hear’ CD for chamber music: “superbly responsive playing from Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo…. faultless technique and unfailing insight” . Retorica have also received critical acclaim for their Dutton recording of John McCabe’s Double violin concerto and most recently received five stars for their recording of Paul Patterson’s Allusions with the English Symphony Orchestra.
Philippa plays a violin by Julius Cesare Gigli from 1786.
See Philippa Mo playing Shibboleth (Passcaglio) by Jim Aitchison in the Patrick Heron studio, St Ives here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=My7UiqwubYk
Please phone 01308 459511 to book.