Mills studied at the
Royal College of Music under Professor Rodney Friend,
of the great orchestral leaders. He also participated in
master-classes with Hugh Bean CBE, Ida Haendel and Zvi Zeitlin.
John is well known as a chamber
musician and for 10 years has been
the leader of the acclaimed Tippett Quartet, performing and
broadcasting across the UK and worldwide. The quartet has released
20 discs with the quartet for EMI, Naxos, Signum, Classic FM, Dutton
and Guild record labels. Releases this year include discs of Miklos
Rozsa, Lutoslawski and Panufnik for Naxos. Tours with the quartet
include Canada and Mexico.
John is gaining a fine reputation as
a soloist, appearing with the English Chamber Orchestra with Maxim
Vengerov on tour and Stephanie Gonley around the UK. Over the last
10 years he has performed and broadcast the major violin repertoire
across the UK and abroad, including performances at the Lizst Hall
in Budapest and concerts throughout New Zealand. Recent UK
performances include Elgar and Glazunov concertos.
John is co-leader of the English
Chamber Orchestra and is in demand as an orchestral leader for
the BBC Concert
Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bournemouth Symphony, John Wilson
Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company and others. John plays a c. 1735
violin by Januarius Gagliano.