Jamie Phillips first came to international attention through his success in the Nestle Salzburg Conducting Award in 2012. He has since developed a strong guest conducting profile, demonstrating a natural authority and confidence on the rostrum, which he combines with a clear, expressive technique and innate musicality. He has been described as having “an uncommon ability to pick up a familiar piece by the scruff its neck and shake invigorating new life into it.” – Bachtrack.
Engagements in the 2016/17 season include debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic, Tonkünstler Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, the orchestra of the Opéra de Rouen Normandie, and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice. Phillips returns to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonie Zuidnederland.
In recent seasons, Phillips has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic when in residence as a Gustavo Dudamel Fellow, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, Nash Ensemble, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Ulster Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brussels Philharmonic.
Phillips was Assistant Conductor of the Hallé from 2012 – 2015 and was the youngest conductor to work with the orchestra. In the 2015/16 season the orchestra created the post of Associate Conductor for him.
Jamie Phillips is a committed advocate of new music and in the 2016/17 season he will appear on a new recording on NMC of orchestral music by Tarik O’Regan recorded with the Hallé. In September 2014, recorded the music of Scottish composer, Helen Grime, together with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra and released on 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.
The Hallé (Associate Conductor)
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Vasteras Symphony Orchestra
The Arts Desk
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.
A convincing performance, which was characterised above all by natural musicality and fresh, free and yet precise direction.
Classical Music Magazine, five stars
Performances are spot-on, not least from the orchestra’s assistant conductor, Jamie Phillips, making an auspicious debut on disc.