Philippe Honoré (violinist)
March 21, 1967|
|Years active||1988 – present|
|Labels||EMI, Decca, Naxos Records, ASV Records, Meridian Records, Signum Records|
Philippe Honoré (born March 21, 1967) is a French violinist who has been a regular recitalist in France and the United Kingdom. He was appointed Violin Professor at the Royal Academy of Music  in London September 2012. He has performed widely in broadcast recitals on French radio and television.
Life and career
Philippe Honoré divides his busy schedule between solo work, chamber music, as well as leading orchestras. He was a principal player with the Philharmonia Orchestra (from 2005 to 2011). After having received top honours from the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was made Lauréat of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation of France in 1992. He was awarded an Honorary Associateship by the Royal Academy of Music in 2001.
Honoré 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 in London). 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 the Decca album An Equal Music are regularly featured on both Classic FM and Radio 3. The novel of that name by the author Vikram Seth was inspired by and dedicated to him.
Philippe’s collaboration with the composer Alec Roth over a recent four-year project earned him great critical acclaim. The performances took place at the Salisbury, Chelsea, and The Lichfield Festival. BBC Radio 3 recorded and broadcast these annual concerts, in which, in addition to the world premières 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”. A studio recording of Alec Roth’s Ponticelli for solo violin, played by Philippe, was released by Signum records in November 2011.
Philippe recently gave a performance of the entirety of this four-year-long project at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, July 2012. The series of these four concerts including Songs In Time Of War, Ponticelli, The Traveler, and the Seven Elements Suite was reviewed by Wordpress (Music and Beyond Blog). Philippe was described as both a Violin Virtuoso and a Super Violinist and the performances were referred as spine-tingling.
Philippe's Honoré work with Mobius was awarded favourable reviews.
Outside the world of classical music, Honoré is perhaps best known as Vikram Seth's former partner, a relationship that lasted eleven years; Seth has spoken candidly of his relationship with Honoré in his non-fiction writings and brought his name to a wide audience in the acrostic Onegin stanza on Honoré's surname which forms the epigraph to the novel An Equal Music, which Seth credits Honoré with having inspired:
- Perhaps this could have stayed unstated.
- Had our words turned to other things
- In the grey park, the rain abated,
- Life would have quickened other strings.
- I list your gifts in this creation:
- Pen, paper, ink and inspiration,
- Peace to the heart with touch or word,
- Ease to the soul with note and chord.
- How did that walk, those winter hours,
- Occasion this? No lightning came;
- Nor did I sense, when touched by flame,
- Our story lit with borrowed powers -
- Rather, by what our spirits burned,
- Embered in words, to us returned.
- Philippe Honoré's People's Profile officially on Royal Academy of Music website
- Royal Academy of Music Latest appointments: Philippe Honoré, professor of violin
- Mobius Ensemble Biographies of Co-Founder and other members
- Available on Amazon.com
- Available on iTunes
- Songs Of Time Of War CD Archived 2011-12-28 at the Wayback Machine.
- Shared Ground CD, Ponticelli Archived 2011-12-29 at the Wayback Machine.
- Critics Posted On Wordpress about the Music and Beyond Festival 2012 in Ottawa, Canada, Violin virtuosi part 1 – The Rivered Earth and Earthen Grave.
- Another post By Wordpress Music and Beyond Festival 2012, Violin virtuoso part 2 – The Rivered Earth concludes
- Honoré, Philippe. "Vilionist". Their balance is never less than symmetrical and the response to each other’s music is that of intimates. Charles Padley Artists. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- Outlook India.com Sheela Reddy Interviews Vikram Seth: "It Took Me Long To Come To Terms With Myself. Those Were Painful Years."[permanent dead link] Retrieved 24 October 2007.
- BBC Music Magazine Rated it 4 StarReviews about the album by The Times, Choir & Organ magazine, Musicweb International, Robert Hugill, and Musicweb International, John Quinn.
- The Telegraph(Love split delayed Suitable Boy sequel)
- Alison Nicholls and Philippe Honoré Violin and Harp Duo
- Signum Records
- The Telegraph (A Suitable Ploy)
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