Pippa Macmillan is a renowned specialist of historical bass instruments. The first undergraduate of the Royal Academy of Music to specialize in Baroque Bass, she has since completed a Masters in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School. Between 2015 and 2019 she was Professor of Baroque Bass at the Royal College of Music. She moved to Toronto in 2019 to take up a position as core member of Tafelmusik.

Pippa performs regularly with the English Concert, including at Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. She has played at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the BBC Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and she performs with Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, and Florilegium. She has recently appeared as guest principal with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston. In 2015 she appeared in London’s West End in the Globe Theatre’s production of Farinelli and the King, and also in the play’s Broadway transfer in 2017.

Pippa is a fully qualified Suzuki cello teacher, as well as a trained Suzuki double bass teacher, and a trained Suzuki piano teacher, and thoroughly enjoys teaching and watching students develop.

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An interview with Pippa Macmillan in Bass World

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Tafel Magazine: In Conversation with Pippa Macmillan and Chi-chi Nwanoku