“We know Phillips to be one of the ablest up-and-coming conductors, but his account of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was electrifying and won him a prolonged ovation, not least from the orchestra. He showed tremendous energy and very watchable athleticism, but also an eye for detail and certain discipline. He really had the Hallé playing superbly… With Phillips we have lift-off.”
The Arts Desk, March 2014
Jamie Phillips first came to international attention through his success in the Nestle Salzburg Conducting Award in 2012 and subsequently as Associate Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. He has been praised for having the “ability to pick up a familiar piece by the scruff of its neck and shake invigorating new life into it” (Bachtrack) and demonstrates a natural authority on the rostrum, which he combines with a clear, assured and expressive technique and an innate musicality. Phillips was invited as a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 2015/16 season, which included making his debut with the orchestra at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Jamie Phillips has developed a strong guest conducting profile across Europe, and in the 2017/18 season will return to orchestras including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (Royal Flemish Philharmonic), Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestra of the Opéra de Rouen, and Philharmonie Zuidnederland. Phillips will also return to the Hallé, where he previously held the titles of Assistant Conductor and the specially created title of Associate Conductor. Phillips will make his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne and the Essen Philharmonic.
In recent seasons, Phillips has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Nash Ensemble, Camerata Salzburg, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also made return visits to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic.
Jamie Phillips is committed to new and 20th century music and has recorded two CDs featuring the music of Tarik O’Regan and Helen Grime, both with the Hallé for the NMC label: “Performances are spot-on, not least from the orchestra’s assistant conductor, Jamie Phillips, making an auspicious debut on disc.” Classical Music Magazine
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