The pianist and composer Philip Howard (born 1976, UK) won First Prize in the International Gaudeamus Interpreters’ Competition 2003 held in Rotterdam. He is the first British winner of the competition in 35 years.
Philip was taught by Alexander Abercrombie, Graeme Humphrey and Michael Finnissy. At the age of 15 he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Young Composer Award, in the inaugural year of the award and as the youngest entrant. He later went on to study composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London, from where he graduated in 1998.
Philip’s solo piano album ‘Decoding Skin’ features works by Xenakis, Feldman and Finnissy, among others. Although he intends to devote the near future particularly to performing works by those three composers, Philip gives strong support to the music of his young contemporaries and also plays the music of much earlier generations. Philip sees contemporary music not as something separate from history but rather as the most recent episode in a continuous process.