Philippe Schwartz - Euphonium
Soloist and member of Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Born in Luxembourg in 1985, Philippe began playing the Euphonium at the age of eight at the Conservatoire de Musique de Luxembourg. After passing final examinations in Theory, Harmony, Euphonium and Chamber music, he decided to further his musical education at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he completed both a BMus (hons) and a MMus with distinction under the tuition of Euphonium-pioneers Steven Mead and David Thornton. Philippe was the first brass player in the history of the RNCM to achieve a unanimous perfect score of 100% in his final masters recital. This awarded him the ‘Harry Mortimer Brass student of the Year’ prize.
Philippe is currently based in Manchester and works as a Euphonium soloist, freelance player and brass tutor. He regularly performs with the symphony orchestras in the local area, such as the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore Philippe has been a member of the world-renowned Grimethorpe Colliery Band for nearly 10 years, which has taken him to all the major concert halls in the UK, across most of Europe as well as on two tours of Australia. As a soloist, Philippe has given recitals in Luxembourg, France, Germany, Norway and England and has appeared as guest soloist with ensembles such as the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Youth Wind Orchestra, National Australia Brass, the Luxembourg Military Band and the Brass Band and Wind Orchestra of the RNCM.
In his attempt to help expand the euphonium repertoire, Philippe regularly commissions and premieres new compositions for the instrument by composers hailing from England, Luxembourg and New Zealand to name but a few. These premieres mirror Philippe’s versatility as a modern euphonium player by ranging from solo works over full concerti with string or wind orchestra to pieces with electronic accompaniments and loop-stations. Philippe works as a low brass specialist tutor in the private school sector of the North West of England and also holds the first Euphonium professor position at Luxembourg Conservatoire.
Furthermore, Philippe is visiting brass tutor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, the Junior RNCM in Manchester and the Folkwang Hochschule für Musik in Essen, Germany. Philippe is a Besson/Buffet Crampon artist and performs exclusively on a Besson Prestige 2052 Euphonium.