Biography

“Phillips already has little to fear from comparison with most visiting conductors on the circuit. That he can persuade the Halle to play with such affection, energy and swing is equal tribute to their professionalism and his gifts”

Daily Telegraph, November 2012


Jamie Phillips, Assistant Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra and their youngest ever assistant conductor at 22 years old, made his Salzburg Festival debut in August 2013, conducting the Camerata Salzburg in concert with tenor Ian Bostridge. This concert was offered following his success in the 2012 final of the Nestlé-Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award.

Jamie Phillips first attracted international attention as the youngest competitor in the 2011 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors when he reached the semi-finals whilst still a student at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music.

This season, Jamie Phillips made debuts with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hamburger Symphoniker, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne as part of their “Découvertes” Series. He also conducted the Brussels Philharmonic, firstly in a group of New Year concerts and then for his ballet debut with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in a new production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet by Slava Samodurov. Phillips’s future engagements include re-invitations to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and debut concerts with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Ulster Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg.

Jamie Phillips also conducts the Hallé in full subscription concerts at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, in a programme including Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with soloist John Lill. Phillips is also Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra with whom he made both his and the orchestra’s debut at The Sage Gateshead in July 2013, and they will tour together to Germany in Summer 2014. He is also heavily involved in many of the Hallé’s education programmes and concerts; last season he conducted 14 schools concerts with the orchestra, seen by 20,000 children from across the North West. Phillips’s successful time with the Hallé Orchestra has resulted in his contract as Assistant Conductor being extended until the end of the 2014-15 season.

Jamie Phillips is a committed advocate of new music and recently recorded music by the Scottish composer Helen Grime jointly with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra for the NMC Label. He is also founder and principal conductor of the Birmingham Festival Orchestra, conducting concerts each season including repertoire such as Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldeneleben, and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in August 2014.


Jamie Phillips is represented by Jessica Ford at Intermusica.
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