Pip Eastop

Pip Eastop


Pip Eastop is regarded as one of Britain’s finest horn players.

His career encompasses the widest possible range of genres and styles of music. At the age of eighteen, after completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he joined the Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra and became the youngest ever principal solo horn in a European symphony orchestra. At nineteen he was invited back to London to become principal horn in the London Sinfonietta, with whom he performed all over the world and gave many solo performances.

Aside from being principal horn with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra, he currently appears as guest principal with all of London’s symphony orchestras and many of its smaller groups such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Aurora Orchestra, The Hanover Band and London Mozart Players. He is very active in the contemporary music scene, both as performer and composer, and as a studio session musician he has been involved in the recording of hundreds of film scores and countless pop music tracks.

His recent recording of Mozart’s four Horn Concerti and the Horn Quintet was released on the Hyperion label, to great international acclaim. His new album, “Songs of a Lost Land – Music for Horn and Organ” was released early this year [2019] and volume two will follow soon after, alongside a recording of his newest work, “Set The Wild Echoes Flying” for solo natural horn and narrator.

He recently completed a ten year period studying jazz trumpet. After a break of a few years (spent studying Spanish) he plans to recommence the jazz trumpet and try to get another ten years in.

Pip writes and lectures on teaching and learning the horn, on “extended” techniques and on the physiology and application of practical breathing techniques for wind players.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and has held professorial positions both there and at the Royal College of Music.

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