Philippa Mo, solo violin
Partita, Fantasia, Caprice
Saturday 10 February 6.30 pm
Tickets: £12.50 or £28 with dinner to follow
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.
Philippa Mo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Philippa now performs extensively as a chamber musician. She has given concertos and chamber performances all over Europe, 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 David Matthews, John McCabe, Jim Aitchison and Errollyn Wallen and has given premieres of their solo and violin duo works, most recently a new concerto by Jim Aitchison at Truro Cathedral with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra for the innovative technology project , the Online Orchestra project.
In 2015 Philippa 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, and this year, continues her successful collaboration with the Tate, St Ives with a a newly commissioned solo work by Leo Geyer to celebrate the anniversary of the Hepworth Garden.
Philippa plays with the award winning contemporary opera company Music Theatre Wales and recently led Massanet’s Werther for English Touring Opera in a new chamber arrangement. She was appointed to the post of Senior Lecturer in Violin at Leeds College of Music in 2015.
She founded the violin duo Retorica with Harriet Mackenzie and together, the duo have performed all over the world to great acclaim. Highlights of Retorica’s career include international tours performing in the most prestigious halls in China, (Beijing NCPA, Shanghai SHAOC and Tianjin Grand Theatre), Ukraine, Japan, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the Channel Islands. In the UK, performances include the Barbican Centre as part of the Park Lane Young Artists Series and International festivals including the Jersey Liberation Festival, Ripon International Festival and ‘Artists in Residence’ at the Presteigne Festival. The duo have also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 a number of times, most recently this August.
Their recordings (English Violin Duos, NMC Label; John McCabe’s double violin concerto, Dutton Label) have received critical acclaim, including Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ and reviews: The Strad:
“Excellently played” The Strad
“….the riches vividly displayed by Retorica….dazzling.” The Sunday Times
“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
2015 was an incredible year, with both violinists bestowed with the title Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. They were also honoured to be awarded ‘Selected Artists’ by the Making Music organisation – an extremely competitive award chosen by a large consortium of UK promoters. 2016 looks equally exciting with performances in Madrid, South Korea and Sweden, a performance at the Canary Wharf Festival in the heart of London’s financial district, and the recording of Paul Patterson’s Double violin concerto with the English Symphony Orchestra.
Philippa plays a violin by Julius Cesare Gigli from 1786.
“…faultless technique and unfailing insight.” Gramophone Magazine
“A little cracker” – The Times
“In particular Mo’s lyrical phrasing of the recurring theme which comes to characterise the love of Werther for Charlotte was full of tenderness and beauty…” – Opera Today
“she possesses a silky-smooth legato” – Musicweb International
“The ingenuity of the writing was quite dazzling: so was the playing – the expertise of Mo’s near- instantaneous transitions from one style to another was often starling and always impressive”Classical Source
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