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MOBIUS is an international ensemble of seven dynamic musicians, with distinguished careers as soloists, chamber players and principals of major European orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Formed in the late '90s, this innovative group has appeared in major concert venues and festivals throughout the UK and abroad, enjoyed consistently high praise for its recordings and has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Classic fM and others.

 


Philippe Honoré
Violin

Philippe Honoré divides his busy schedule between chamber music, solo and orchestral work, and has recently been appointed violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He regularly appears as guest leader of some of the UK’s best symphony Orchestras, including the London Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. His solo recordings for the Decca album "An Equal Music" are regularly featured on Classic fm and BBC Radio 3. The novel of that name by the Author Vikram Seth was inspired by and dedicated to him.

His collaboration on a four year project with the British composer Alec Roth has brought him great critical acclaim in the UK and in North America. His performances were referred to as “magically played” by the Times.



Maya Iwabuchi
Violin

Maya Iwabuchi enjoys an international career as a solo violinist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.  Solo highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra.  She has performed in major concert halls such as the London’s Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, NYC’s Avery Fisher and Carnegie Halls and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall; at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, Bath and Chichester festivals, and the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar.   A keen chamber player, Maya joined Mobius in 2004.  Maya has been invited to lead many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Cadaqués and the John Wilson Orchestra.  She was Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 1994 to 2012.  In 2011 Maya became Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.



Jaime Martin
Flute

Santander-born Jaime Martin is recognised as one of the major flautists on the international stage.  As soloist he has performed with numerous orchestras including Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestra Santa Cecilia Roma and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and recorded for Sony and EMI.  He has also held principal flute positions in major orchestras such as the London and Royal Philharmonics, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.  He is Professor of Flute at London’s Royal College of Music.

In 2008 Jaime entered the world of conducting, debuting with Orquestra de Cadaqués and becoming its Chief Conductor in 2011.  He has since conducted the Barcelona Symphony, Philharmonique de Radio France, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Beijing Symphony and London Philharmonic and many others.  In 2012 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Gavle Orchestra in Sweden and Artistic Director of the International Santander Festival.  Jaime made his operatic debut in 2012 conducting ‘Die Zauberflöte’ in Madrid and at the San Sebastian Festival.  In February 2013 he made his English National Opera debut with ‘Barber of Seville’.  He has managed to squeeze Mobius into his schedule since 2005.



Alison Nicholls
Harp

Harpist Alison Nicholls thrives on a busy performing schedule as soloist, chamber musician and frequent guest with major orchestras at home and abroad. Widely regarded as one of the finest players of her generation, she has won many national and international awards.  As a soloist, she has performed for the UK Harp Association, the American Harp Society, the World Harp Congress, at International Festivals throughout North America and Europe, and as far afield as India, Sri Lanka and the Far East.

Born in Britain, Alison studied at London University and the Juilliard School, New York where she won a prestigious Juilliard scholarship. Broadcasting credits include both television and radio appearances for the BBC, Classic fm, and American networks.  Alison has made several recordings (for Hyperion, EMI, ASV, Naxos and Meridian). Chamber collaborations include ensemble Mobius, of which she is a founding member and artistic director. She also regularly performs with tenor James Gilchrist.   Alison now lives in New York City with her husband and their three children, where she is clocking up air miles! 



Sally Pendlebury
Cello

Cellist Sally Pendlebury grew up in Manchester and attended Chetham's School of Music. At 14 she became the youngest founding member of the European Community Youth Orchestra and was its Principal Cellist for 3 years. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music, during which time she won the Capital Radio Prize and was a Shell/LSO competition prizewinner. She also won scholarships to study in Dusseldorf and Boston. She is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and was a founder member of the internationally acclaimed Vellinger String Quartet.  Sally joined Mobius in 2005 and also the Angell piano trio who perform regularly at throughout Britain, Switzerland and Germany and she is regularly invited to festivals internationally, including chamber music series in New York, San Francisco, Nurnberg and Graz. Sally plays as a guest principal with many British Orchestras including the English and, Scottish Chamber Orchestras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , London Sinfonietta, BBC Scottish, Liverpool Philharmonic and the Philharmonia. Sally was Opera North's principal cello 2010 - 2014. Sally now lives in North Yorkshire with her husband, conductor Douglas Boyd and their two children.



Robert Plane
Clarinet

Robert Plane won the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London in 1992 and has since enjoyed a career encompassing solo and chamber work, as well as holding the principal clarinet positions of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  He is a successful recording artist enjoying widespread critical acclaim and is in great demand as a concerto soloist at home and abroad.  Robert’s chamber music collaborators include a number of well-known string quartets and other ensembles. He has performed with the pianist Sophia Rahman for over 20 years and is a founding member of mobius. He made his BBC Proms solo debut in 2011 in Simon Holt's Double Concerto 'Centauromachy’. Together with the Gould Piano Trio he directs the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival in Northumberland. Robert teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has given masterclasses around the world. 



Vicci Wardman
Viola

Vicci Wardman is established as one of the most versatile violists of her generation. As a student at Chetham’s, she was a string finalist in BBC TV’s ‘Young musician of the Year’ competition. Whilst at the Royal Northern College of Music, as a multi award-winning student, Vicci was a founder member of the Sorrel Quartet from 1987 to 2000.  She then took up the position of Principal Viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra where she spent seven years, before moving on to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010. A year later she returned to full time freelancing and is in great demand as Guest Principal Viola, appearing with many different orchestras at home and abroad.

An experienced chamber musician, Vicci has worked extensively with Hausmusik, London and the Nash Ensemble. She is currently a member of Mobius and violist in the critically acclaimed Eroica Quartet. Vicci is also busy as a session musician in London and can be heard on many film and TV soundtracks.  For ten years she held the position of senior lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music and also taught at Chetham’s School of Music for several years. She now gives regular classes at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music and teaches privately at her home in North London.