Debussy – Sonata for violin and piano (1917)
Elgar – Sonata for violin and piano (1918)
Zoë’s remarkable versatility was nurtured by Gabrielle Lester and Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music. Since her solo debut aged eleven with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, she has performed with many distinguished conductors throughout Europe and Africa. In 2016 she recorded and filmed Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the CBSO for Sky Arts.
Zoë is a member of the internationally renowned Hebrides Ensemble, and also performs, broadcasts and records with the Nash Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group the Scottish Ensemble, and I Musicanti. Her 2017 recording of Maxwell Davies’s late chamber works with the Hebrides Ensemble, (The Last Island/Delphian), featured on BBC Radio 3 and attracted top ranking reviews in The Times, The Guardian and BBC Music Magazine. She has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble and toured Austria with the Hebrides Ensemble.
She performs regularly with the English Symphony Orchestra as a soloist and director, as well as in her role as their concertmaster. Zoë relishes the challenge of directing from the violin: her recording of early Mendelssohn concerti with the University of Stellenbosch Camerata was nominated for a SAMA award in 2011; her 2013 recording of Wassenaer concerti armonici (directing the Innovation Chamber Ensemble for Somm Records) was Classic FM’s CD of the week, and their 2014 disc of rare Elgar works was received with critical acclaim.
As an orchestral leader, Zoë appears with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Symphony and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra. This season, she will regularly guest lead the Orquesta Nacional de España at the invitation of Juanjo Mena. She features as leader on many highly regarded recordings by Andris Nelsons, Juano Mena and John Storgards, most recently on discs of de Falla and Ginastera with Mena and the BBC Philharmonic for Chandos.
Zoë is dedicated to performing the music of contemporary composers and is involved in the commissioning and premièring of several new works. She also has a passionate interest in education, teaching at the Birmingham Conservatoire and coaching violinists and ensembles at the start of their careers. She is proud to be involved in ARCO, a distance learning collaboration between Birmingham Conservatoire and students in deprived areas of South Africa.
Philip is originally from the Vale of Evesham. He studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne, during which time he won many prizes. In 2004 he became a Steinway Artist.
He has performed in the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, many European countries and at all of the major UK venues. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Hallé, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He is the pianist of the Hebrides Ensemble, a member of the Colin Currie Group and has worked with many international artists, giving duo, chamber music and orchestral performances and broadcasts with the Nash Ensemble, LSO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, ECO Ensemble and Ensemble 360. In 2006 he and fellow pianist Andrew West began a two-year collaboration with Michael Clark Dance Company, playing Stravinsky’s two piano version of Rite of Spring at the Barbican Theatre and worldwide on tour. He has recorded for Linn, Nonesuch, Naxos, LSO Live, Signum, Deux-Elles and Delphian Records.
In 2017 he joined the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle for performances of Petrushka in London and Paris. Earlier this year he toured Tokyo and Osaka with LSO Percussion Ensemble, giving the London and Japanese premières of John Adams’ Roll Over Beethoven for two pianos.