“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, Assistant Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra and their youngest ever assistant conductor at 23 years old, has already developed a strong guest-conducting profile and is highly regarded as one of the most exciting young conductors now emerging. As a result of his success at the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award in 2012, Jamie Phillips was invited to conduct the Camerata Salzburg in the 2013 Salzburg Festival and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg in December 2014.
Engagements in the 2014/15 season include debut concerts with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the Ulster Orchestra. Further ahead, he will conduct BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hannover, Resdentie Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, and re-invitations to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne at the Rheingau Music Festival 2015.
Last season Jamie Phillips made debuts with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra 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 also conducted the Hallé twice in subscription concerts at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, in programmes including Beethoven Symphony No.7, Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3.
In the 2015/16 season Jamie will become the Hallé’s Associate Conductor, conducting the orchestra in Manchester and around the country, furthering the strong relationship he has established during the course of his tenure as Assistant Conductor. Phillips is Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra and they toured 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.
Jamie Phillips is a committed advocate of new music and in September 2014 a recording of the music of Scottish composer Helen Grime made jointly with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra will be released on 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 Ein Heldeneleben, and Mahler Symphony No.6.
Jamie Phillips is represented by Jessica Ford at Intermusica.