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Meet the Musicians of Tomorrow (2018)

Philip Nelson

In the first of our Q&A's with LS Academy musicians, we get to know double bassist Philip Nelson, from his perfect playlist to his best musical joke.

Born in Germany into a family of American musicians, Philip Nelson began double bass lessons at age six and later pursued his studies in Berlin and at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He is currently studying at the Royal College of Music.


So Philip, why did you decide to apply to the London Sinfonietta Academy?
I wanted to look into the repertoire that the London Sinfonietta comes across, and experience the process of learning, rehearsing and performing contemporary music. 


What do you regard as your greatest artistic achievement?
My greatest artistic achievement is hard to pin point...I find playing in an orchestra very rewarding, I have had some wonderful chamber music experiences and I have been able to perform as a soloist in various settings. 

What is your all-time favourite piece of music?
A playlist that consisted of works by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bach, Beethoven, Punch Brothers, and a lot of Double Bass Music - eclectic!

    What is the most unusual performance you’ve been a part of?
    I was playing with an ensemble where we had to shred our instruments the whole way through, whilst some kind of ritual was being performed on stage that included all sorts of costumes and movements. 

    Can you remember the first recording you ever bought?
    Its hard to remember which recording I bought for the first time as I grew up in a musical family. Recordings were all over the house. I do remember asking for a CD of Chopin Waltzes when I was younger... 

    And finally...tell us your best musical joke!
    What's the difference between a Bass and a Violin?

    The bass burns longer


    The London Sinfonietta Academy is supported by The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and The Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust.

    Watch: London Sinfonietta Academy 2018 trailer

    Published: 2 Jul 2018