Biography

“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, 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.

Phillips’s forthcoming 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, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hannover, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the Ulster Orchestra.

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 and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6.

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 will continue as Assistant Conductor with the Hallé Orchestra for a final season in 2014-15.

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’s Ein Heldeneleben, and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in August 2014.


Jamie Phillips is represented by Jessica Ford at Intermusica.