Philippe Honoré divides his busy schedule between solo work, chamber music and as a principal player with the Philharmonia Orchestra. After having received top honours from both the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was made Lauréat of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation of France in 1992 and was awarded an Honorary Associateship by the Royal Academy of Music in 2001.
He is a former member of the Vellinger Quartet and a founder member of the Mobius ensemble. As such, he has appeared in some of the most prestigious venues abroad (such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw) and in the UK (such as the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank). He has appeared as a soloist performing Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi concerti, as well as Ravel’s Tzigane. Philippe regularly appears as guest leader with some of the UK’s best orchestras. He has made numerous solo and chamber music recordings. His solo violin performances on Decca’s album An Equal Music are regularly featured on both Classic FM and Radio 3. Thenovel of that name by the author Vikram Seth was inspired by and dedicated to Philippe.
Philippe’s collaboration with the composer Alec Roth over a recent four-year project has earned him great critical acclaim. The performances took place at the Salisbury, Chelsea and Lichfield Festivals. BBC Radio 3 recorded and broadcast these annual concerts, in which, in addition to the world premieres of Roth’s work, Philippe also played solo Bach and Ysaÿe sonatas. The Times described his account of Roth’s solo work in 2007 as ‘magically played’.
His violin is an Eberle, made in 1786 in Naples.