Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Philip Tarr

Pauke (Hochschule SCB)

Philip Tarr, born 1968 in Basel. Since the age of 9 has been timpanist in the trumpet ensemble of his father Edward H. Tarr. He specializes in the performance of improvisations and ornamentations used by virtuoso timpanists from the Baroque era to the 19th century, in order to hold their listener’s attention. Since 2005 has been teaching Baroque timpani at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel where he closely collaborates with Jean-François Madeuf, SCB baroque trumpet teacher and a pioneer of the natural trumpet without holes, as it was in use in the 16th to 18th centuries. Tarr can be heard on 15 CD recordings to date. Critics have praised his «stylistic versatility» (Nürnberger Nachrichten) and his «outstanding» (Berliner Morgenpost), «musically exquisite» (Basler Zeitung), «excellent» (Brass Bulletin), «most spectacular» (International Trumpet Guild News) performance in concert, which was «of breathtaking precision» (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Most recent CD recordings with Alpha, Musiques Suisses and Raumklang.

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Philip Tarr

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