Philip Achille (21) is a final year undergraduate at the Royal College of Music, where he is currently studying chromatic harmonica under the tutorage of James Hughes. He has been playing harmonica for some twelve years and it has seen him win many accolades and afforded him many wonderful opportunities.
These include taking part in more than 25 festivals, competitions and concerts in Europe and the USA, and at age 16, becoming the World Youth Harmonica Champion (Solo Chromatic) and the Open Harmonica Champion, at the World Harmonica Festival in Germany, a competition held there only every four years
In 2006, he received the Tabor Foundation Award at the 'BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006', and won the 'Starbucks Young Musician 2006' contest at the Birmingham International Jazz Festival.
The following year he was a featured soloist during the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and in the same year performed at the Royal Variety Performance in the presence of the queen, leading the finale with a harmonica solo.
In 2008, he was a finalist in the 'Eurovision Young Musicians 2008', performing with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in front of an audience of 50,000. He was also a guest artist at Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Birthday In The Park' concert in Hyde Park.
His film & TV credits include performing on the soundtracks to 'Mr Bean's Holiday', 'Little Britain USA', and most recently in 2010 for the BBC on 'ZingZillas' and educational programme about music.
In addition to the saxophone and harmonica, Philip also plays double bass and piano, and is a avid jazz musician.