Emma McPhilemy is an international soloist and performer, with genuine virtuosity and captivating personality. She performs regularly throughout the UK, Europe and China as a soloist and as one of the leaders of The Abelia Saxophone Quartet.
Emma recently graduated from The Royal Northern College of Music after studying with Rob Buckland and Carl Raven, and gained a first class mark in her final recital and overall degree. During her undergraduate studies, Emma appeared in masterclasses with internationally recognised artists including Timothy McAllister, Vincent David, Neills Bijl and Philippe Geiss.
As a soloist, recent highlights include making her debut performance as a soloist at Wigmore Hall performing Tansy Davies’ Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Ensemble, performing The Tallahatchie Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra, touring the UK, Europe and China as the Musical Director and saxophonist in Bill Whelan’s production of ‘Riverdance’, winning the ‘Star Award’ from The Countess of Munster scheme and performing as part of The RNCM’s most prestigious competition final, Gold Medal.
2018 promises to be an exiting year for Emma with a concerto performance in April of John Mackey’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Orchestra as a result of winning The RNCM concerto competition. She is also working on a significant saxophone concerto and wind orchestra commission from rising composer Tom Harrold, be performed in London in September 2018 where she will be simultaneously beginning her postgraduate studies under the tutelage of John Harle, with a solo album to be released in 2018/19.