Alison Nicholls and Philippe Honoré (violin) Violin and Harp Duo
“Sublime... Delightful music elegantly played by an outstanding duo”
new_classics cd of the month June 2004
The performances of this well established and highly regarded duo have included the Wigmore Hall, London and a showcase recital at the 1999 World Harp Congress held in Prague. Alison & Philippe met through mobius more than a decade ago and have been giving duo recitals ever since. Their shared experience enables élan and virtuosity that charm audiences and critics alike. The violin and harp enjoy a natural empathy and their repertoire reaches from World premieres to old favourites; this duo is consistently masterful and imaginative in their interpretations.
Repertoire highlights include Debussy, Donizetti, Massenet, Pagannini, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Spohr and others. Their benchmark CD, 'Strings Attached' (Meridian CDE 84456) features the world premiere of Alec Roth's Nocturne which was written for them, and the masterful, kaleidoscopic “Fantaisie” Op.124 by Saint-Saens.
Philippe Honoré was born in France and has been a regular recitalist in France and the UK, broadcasting widely on French radio and television. He studied violin at the Paris Conservatoire with Pierre Doukan and was awarded the Premier Prix as soloist and chamber musician. Winning several awards and grants he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Gyorgy Pauk. In 1992 he received the honour Laureat of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation of France. Philippe is a founding member of the chamber ensemble, mobius, a member of the Vellinger Quartet and holds the principal second position in the Philharmonia Orchestra. He plays an Italian violin made by Thomas Eberle in 1786.
The two have also been known to exchange Pilates lessons (Alison is a qualified instructor) for French language coaching!