Photo: MobiusMobius is an international ensemble of seven dynamic musicians, with distinguished careers as soloists, chamber players and principals of major European orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  Formed in the late '90s, this innovative group has appeared in major concert venues and festivals throughout the UK and abroad, enjoyed consistently high praise for its recordings and has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Mobius makes an eagerly-awaited return to Wigmore Hall on March 22 2008 to celebrate 10 years together. Mobius will perform Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, Clarinet Quintet in A and seven newly commissioned works from Sally Beamish, Diana Burrell, Roxanna Panufnik, Alec Roth, Rhian Samuel, George Tsontakis, and Huw Watkins their 'Birthday Candles'.

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Philippe Honoré divides his busy schedule between chamber music, solo work and as a principal player with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2001. He is a founder member of Mobius, and has also appeared as a soloist performing Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi concerti as well as Ravel's Tzigane. His solo recordings for the Decca album 'An Equal Music' are regularly featured on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. The novel of that name by the author Vikram Seth was inspired and dedicated to him. Highlights for 2007/08 include a violin and piano recital in Moscow, and premieres of solo violin works by Alec Roth at the Salisbury, Chelsea and Lichfield Festivals.

Since her first concert at age five, Maya Iwabuchi has enjoyed an international career as a solo violinist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Highlights as soloist include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Her performances throughout the UK have taken her to the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, St. George's Bristol and music festivals such as Chichester and Aldeburgh and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove. The Strad hailed her as 'simply brilliant' and the Times 'gorgeous'. She toured with the Vellinger Quartet in 2001 as a guest to much acclaim. Maya has been Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1994 for which she regularly receives praise from artists and critics alike. Maya joined Mobius in 2004.

Born in Santander, Jaime Martin studied with Antonio Arias in Madrid and later with Paul Verhey in The Hague. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of Santa Cecilia of Rome and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with conductors including Daniel Gatti, Andras Schiff, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Heinz Holliger. His solo recordings include Mozart concertos with Sir Neville Marriner, a premiere recording of the Sinfonietta Concerto for Flute and Orchestra written for him by Xavier Montsalvatge and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, Bach works for flute, violin and piano with Murray Perahia and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for Sony and Mozart flute quartet for EMI. He was Principal Flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1997-2001) and he now holds Principal Flute positions with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and English National Opera. He is Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Alison Nicholls performs as soloist, chamber musician and frequent guest with major orchestras in the UK and elsewhere. Widely regarded as one of the finest players of her generation, she has won many national and international awards. These include First Prize at the 1994 World Harp Festival Competition, where she was unanimously awarded the Zabaleta Prize and Special Salvi Award. As a soloist, she has performed for the UK Harp Association, the American Harp Society, the World Harp Congress, and at international festivals throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East.

Born in Britain, Alison studied at London University and the Juilliard School, New York. Now based in Paris and London, she remains committed to making music accessible, through performance, outreach projects, recording, broadcasting and teaching.

Sally Pendlebury grew up in Manchester and attended Chetham's School of Music. At age 14 she became the youngest founding member of the European Community Youth Orchestra and was its principal cello for 3 years. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music during which she won the Capital Radio Prize and was a Shell/LSO competition prizewinner. She also won scholarships to study in Dusseldorf and Boston. She is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has performed and recorded with many of the great soloists and conductors of today. She was a founder member of the Vellinger String Quartet which won the 1994 London International String Quartet Competition, and with them toured regularly throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. The quartet performed at many festivals such as Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Centre, Edinburgh, Klangboden in Vienna and Mondsee. She is regularly invited to festivals internationally and this year will participate in chamber music series in New York, San Francisco, Nurnberg and Graz. Sally plays guest principal with many British orchestras such as English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia.

Robert Plane is Principal Clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Bournemouth Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, Ulster Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and Zurich Chamber Orchestra in the UK and in Europe. He is particularly known for his performances and recordings of British music. His Finzi Clarinet Concerto recording has received a number of accolades such as the Classic CD 'Best Concerto Recording' Award, BBC Radio 3's 'Building a Library Recommended Recording' and Gramophone Magazine's 'Editor's Choice'. His disc of Bax Sonatas was shortlisted for a chamber music Gramophone Award in 2006. He will make his USA chamber debut with the Mandelring Quartet in 2008.

Vicci Wardman has been Principal Viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 2001 where she performs regularly with the world's great conductors and soloists. In 1986 she was a string finalist in the BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year'. As a multi award-winning student at the Royal Northern College of Music, Vicci became a founder member of the Sorrel Quartet in 1987 with whom she made many prize-winning Chandos recordings and enjoyed an international career. She is regularly invited as guest principal in orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic. Vicci has also appeared with Hausmusik and the Nash Ensemble, and is a member of the critically-acclaimed Eroica Quartet. Vicci gives classes at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music and teaches privately at her home in London.

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