Meet the Players
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra is made up entirely of fully professional musicians, selected for sheer excellence of playing and for their experience performing with the great symphony orchestras of the world.
A growing number of them live in Suffolk, a high proportion are young as well as gifted, and all take real pride and delight in performing with Suffolk Philharmonic.
Here are a few of them:
JULIAN MILONE, LEADER
Born in July 1958, Julian was educated at Chatham’s School of Music, going to the Royal College of Music in 1976 where he studied violin, composition and piano. In April 1979 he joined the violin section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and four years later became a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, a position he currently holds.
Julian’s musical heritage is closely linked with Suffolk. His grandmother came from Lowestoft and was Benjamin Britten’s cousin (his great-grandmother was Britten’s aunt). Julian’s connections with East Anglia stem from this familial tie, holidaying in Lowestoft many times while growing up, and of course being involved in many projects at the concert hall at Snape Maltings.
In addition to his orchestral activities, Julian has appeared many times on behalf of the Philharmonia Orchestra in chamber concerts including, most recently, a quintet tour to South America and concerts at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Royal Overseas League and the Italian Institute. He has also directed the orchestra on several occasions in repertoire as diverse as Shostakovich, Kurt Weil, Piazzolla, Rachmaninov and Gershwin.
Outside the orchestra, Julian plays regularly with the world famous pianist Andràs Schiff in his chamber orchestra, the Capella Andrea Barca, has performed several Violin Ensemble concerts with violinists Gil Shaham and has coached chamber ensembles at both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy. As composer and arranger he has had pieces played by numerous orchestras throughout the world directed by conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vernon Handley, Mikael Pletnev, David Robertson and Carl Davis. He has had commissions from RIBA, the Dickens Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra and has performed in many venues ranging from the Wigmore Hall to Rochester Cathedral and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
On film and television, Julian’s work can be heard on the documentary “4” (based on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons), on the broadcast of the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles (for which he arranged the music) and on the film Hotel Splendide.
A project Julian is passionate about is the Violin Ensemble. Having taken the idea and some arrangements some years ago to Cala Records, The London Sound (48 violins and 1 contrabass!) was formed, sadly solely for the ensuing season. Since then, he has formed his own ensemble mainly from young soloists and Philharmonia players, and directed concerts with both small (4 violins) and large (12 violins) groups at, among other places, the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Leicester’s de Montfort Hall and the Welsh Millennuim Centre. Abroad, there have been performances of his Quintet arrangements at both the Aspen (with Gil Shaham) and La Jolla (with Cho-Liang Lin) Festivals in the USA, in Amsterdam and Cape Town, with violinists Ivry Gitlis and Daniel Rowland, with future concerts planned with Janine Jansen at her festival in Dubrovnik.
Julian is very enthusiastic when he talks about the future of the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra. He says: “The opportunity to lead the SPO is tremendously exciting and I applaud the decision to offer programmes wich are much more ‘cross-repertoire’. I’m passionate about the Community and Education components of the Orchestra’s programme of work. Bringing music into the community will be one of the strengths of this new orchestra, and grassroots support for this is essential.”
RICHARD MILONE, ASSOCIATE LEADER
Richard Milone regularly performs in a variety of venues throughout the world ranging from solo concertos, recitals and chamber music to countless opera, chamber and symphony orchestra concerts.
Richard studied at both Yehudi Menuhin and Chethams schools of music followed by graduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. During this period he started his professional career, freelancing with the Manchester Camerata and the Goldberg Ensemble. At the age of twenty-two, he was appointed as principal second violin in Opera North, Leeds. A year later he was appointed to the same position in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. From his position in that orchestra Richard got to work with such artists as Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Darcey Bussell.
Richard’s association with the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra began in April 2012, when he came to Suffolk to lead a quartet of string players for the SPO’s first Education and Community Project.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering: Richard is indeed the younger brother of Julian Milone!