Born in 1958, Philip Eastop became principal horn with London Sinfonietta in 1977 and stayed with them until 1986 when he left to complete his training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. His horn playing encompasses a wide range of styles, from commercial film recordings to performances of contemporary music, and classical and baroque music played on period instruments. An important aspect of his performing career is his involvement with improvisation. His work in this field includes the production of three albums of improvised horn music, workshops and classes at the Royal Academy of Music, concerts and touring with Derek Bailey during the eighties and live performances of improvised film music. In July 1996 he was awarded a Research development grant from The Arts Council of Great Britain to explore, with composer Edward Williams, the possibilities of controlling computer-driven transformation of sound during live, partially improvised performance. In 2016 he was a featured artist at the International Horn Symposium held in Ithaca, NY. His critically acclaimed recording of Mozart's Horn Concerti and Quintet was released in 2015 and went immediately to number one in the Classical Charts. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
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