“Phillips already has little to fear from comparison with most visiting conductors on the circuit. That he can persuade the Hallé to play with such affection, energy and swing is equal tribute to their professionalism and his gifts”
The 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 and tenor Ian Bostridge in the Serenade series at the Residenzhof. 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.
In the forthcoming season, Jamie Phillips will make his debut with the Basel Symphony Orchestra and will conduct the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne as part of their “Découvertes” Series. He will also conduct 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 also include an appearance with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg and a re-invitation to work with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. Highlights of last season included a performance with the Hamburger Symphoniker in July 2013.
Jamie Phillips has conducted the Hallé twice in Bridgewater Hall subscription concerts, both in programmes shared with Sir Mark Elder, and in April 2014 will conduct a series of concerts including performances of 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. 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 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 numerous concerts each season including a recent critically acclaimed performance of Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.
Jamie Phillips is represented by Jessica Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Intermusica
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