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Pippa Macmillan


Pippa was the first UK graduate from The Juilliard School's Historical Performance Masters course, where she studied double bass with Robert Nairn and viola da gamba with Sarah Cunningham, worked with musicians including Monica Huggett and Jordi Savall and performed a Sperger Viennese double bass concerto at Lincoln Center. She is the only person to have graduated with a Bachelors degree in Baroque double bass from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Chi-chi Nwanoku.

Pippa was a member of the Monteverdi Apprenticeship Scheme 2012/13 under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and performed with the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique at the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, and Leipzig Bach Festival, performing subsequently as a full member of ORR. She performs regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, including at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Edinburgh International Festival and abroad. Pippa has also recently performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert, London Handel Orchestra, The King's Consort, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), and toured performances of The Giacomo Variations, a chamber opera–play staring John Malkovich, in New York, Montreal and Toronto with Orchester Wiener Akademie. On modern double bass, Pippa is principal bass with the Orchestra of St Paul's, Covent Garden.

She has been principal bass of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, European Union Youth Orchestra, and European Union Baroque Orchestra. Having been raised with the Suzuki approach on piano and cello, Pippa has trained as a Suzuki cello and Suzuki double bass teacher, and currently remains the only Suzuki double bass teacher in the UK.

Faculties / departments: Historical Performance


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Pippa Macmillan

Historical Bass professor