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John Mills


Leader of the Tippett Quartet and the John Wilson Orchestra

Feltham, Middlesex

About John Mills

John studied at the Royal College of Music as a scholar under professor Rodney Friend, one of the great orchestra leaders.  

He is highly in demand as an orchestral leader, groups include the John Wilson Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and others.  John has recently toured the UK leading the John Wilson Orchestra including a televised appearance from the Royal Albert Hall.  This year he will be leading the orchestra around the UK for the its annual tour.  John regularly leads the ECO with recent tours including the U.S. and Russia.

Well known as a chamber musician, for 11 years John has been the leader of the highly acclaimed Tippett Quartet, performing, and broadcasting widely across the UK and worldwide.  He has recorded extensively, releasing 20 discs with the quartet for EMI, Naxos, Signum, Classic FM, Dutton and Guild record labels. The quartet will record Korngold’s string quartets, also for Naxos in 2015. 

John is gaining a fine reputation as a soloist, appearing with the English Chamber Orchestra and performing the Bach double with Maxim Vengerov on tour, and with Stephanie Gonley around the UK.  Over the last 10 years John has been performing and broadcasting the major violin repertoire across the UK and abroad, including performances at the Liszt Hall in Budapest and concerts across New Zealand. Other recent performances include Elgar and Glazunov concertos around the UK.

John Plays on a c.1735 violin by Januarius Gagliano.

Listen to John in one of the Tippett Quartet's highly acclaimed recordings here