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Nicholas Cox

Nicholas Cox portrait

Sonata in C minor

Sonata in B flat major

Sonata in E flat major

Sonata in B flat major, Op. 70/1

Sonata in E flat major, Op. 70/2

Sonata in B flat major, Op. 70/3

Nicholas Cox's recording of the Mozart Concerto and Quintet (ClassCD 1502) was released on the RLPOLive label in 2003. His latest recording of Richard Stauss's Duet Concertino on a Strauss double album with the RLPO under Gerard Schwarz was released in June 2005 on the Avie record label. Other recordings include the Sonatas by Brahms and Reger (United:Cala 88012) and works for Clarinet by Bliss, Rawsthorne and Routh (Redcliffe 010).

After reading music at Cambridge he studied clarinet with Hans Deinzer in Hanover. He won First prize at the 1984 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London and 2nd prize at the 1987 Jeunesses Musicales International Competition.

Appointed Principal Clarinet of the RLPO in 1992, he has played guest principal with most British orchestras and concertos with the City of London Sinfonia, NDR Radio and Prague Symphony Orchestra in addition to several with the RLPO. As a soloist he has appeared at the Wigmore and QEH, and Edinburgh, Cheltenham Huddersfield and Brighton Festivals. As a chamber musician he has worked with the Brodsky, Skampa, Medici and Endellion Quartets.

In 1999 he gave the première of the Clarinet Concerto by Adam Gorb. His other commissions include works by Hugh Wood, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jonathan Lloyd and Andrei Eshpai.

He is Senior Tutor Clarinet at the RNCM in Manchester. In May 2006 his pupil Mark Simpson from the Junior RNCM became the first musician to win both BBC Young Musician and BBC Young Composer titles. In 1997 Nicholas co-founded Ensemble 10/10, the Liverpool new music group and has since helped to reestablish a series of professional chamber concerts in Liverpool as Artistic Adviser of the Rodewald Concert Society. Nicholas and the Chillingirian Quartet are to give the premiere of a new Clarinet Quintet by Hugh Wood in November 2007 commissioned by the Rodewald Society.

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