Emma McPhilemy is an international soloist and performer with a highly unique and versatile style to her playing. She is endorsed by “Vandoren UK” and “Selmer Paris”, and performs regularly throughout the UK, Europe and China as a soloist and as leader of ‘The Abelia Saxophone Quartet and Ensemble’. She recently graduated from The Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class Honours degree, under the tuition of Rob Buckland, Andy Scott and Carl Raven. Recent highlights include performing the UK premiere of John Mackey’s Soprano Saxophone Concerto; making her debut performance as a soloist at Wigmore Hall; leading her saxophone quartet to tour internationally whilst also having a busy schedule in the UK; touring Europe, the UK and China as the Musical Director and saxophone soloist in Bill Whelan’s production of ‘Riverdance’; winning the ‘Star Award’ from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Emma has managed several collaborative projects, international tours and performances with other conservatoire students around the UK and to China, Switzerland, Portugal and Strasbourg. She has also worked regularly with Opera North, and has recently been awarded a place at The Royal Northern College of Music to complete the ‘International Artist Diploma’, starting in September this year. Excitingly, this includes a concerto appearance with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra where she will be premiering a new work written by composer, Tom Harrold. In July 2018, Emma travelled to Zagreb for The World Saxophone Congress, and to Switzerland to perform solo recitals and collaborative performances with various ensembles at both events. She also plans to record a CD of new commissions with her pianist Philip Sharp in December this year.