Philip Arkinstall


Philip has been the associate principal clarinet of the MSO since 2009, and was principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic for 11 years before that. After completing his Bachelor of Music at The Sydney in Conservatorium under Peter Jenkin he went on to win the ABC young performers award in 1997 playing the Francaix Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was the 2MBS radio performer of the year in 1996. Philip has been guest principal with the AOBO and has appeared both as soloist and as guest principal with the Sydney, West Australian, Queensland, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras and was a frequent soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic during his tenure there in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Henze, Copland, Weber, Strauss, Bruch, Stamitz, Bernstein and Stravinsky amongst others. His playing has been reviewed as ‘mellifluous, engaging and assured’.

Philip’s first love however is chamber music and he has collaborated with some of the worlds finest musicians and ensembles in that realm. These include The Goldner Quartet, The Eggner Trio, The Auer quartet, Wilma and Friends, as well as The Australia Ensemble, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and many contemporary ensembles including The Arcko, Alpha Ensemble and Australysis groups. Since 2012 he has appeared regularly with and toured South America and Europe with the sensational Camerata Bern of Switzerland under the leadership of Antje Weithaas.

He is a founding member of the New Melbourne Winds Ensemble, made up of a core group of MSO players, which toured China with pianist Kristian Chong in 2014, and which has performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre and for the MSO’s Chamber Series in everything from trio to octet form. Philip is particularly proud to be a founding member of Plexus, the new group that has already commissioned and given world premieres to 22 new works largely by Australian composers with many more commissions and premieres to come.

Philip has given masterclasses across Asia under the MPO umbrella and in South America for Camerata Bern and teaches the clarinet through Melbourne University. He has tutored at the National Music Camp, the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and has conducted various small ensembles at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur and across Malaysia.

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