"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, Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3.
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.
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Birmingham Festival Orchestra / Mahler & Lutoslawski
“Musicality lay at the heart of Jamie Phillips’ account of the Mahler, the BFO responding to this monumental work with enthusiastic generosity and an impressive command of technique.”
Birmingham Post, September 2014
Manchester Camerata / C.P.E. Bach, R Strauss & Mozart
Manchester Camerata, under the baton of the energetic young conductor Jamie Phillips, opened this year’s Lake District Summer Music Festival.
The concert ended with Mozart’s great Symphony No.40 in G minor… The second movement Andante was taken at a faster tempo than one sometimes hears which helped greatly to give it a sense of forward movement. The contrapuntal interplay, which is such feature of this movement and the Allegro finale, came off beautifully, the clarity helped in part by the size of the orchestra, the sensitivity of the players and the care shown by the conductor in his direction.”
Westmorland Gazette, August 2014
Hallé Orchestra / Vaughan Williams, Britten, Elgar, Arnold, Delius & Holst
“Jamie Phillips, the Hallé’s youngest ever assistant conductor, took the baton for the evening, leading with a maturity and skill one would scarcely expect from a 22-year-old…Phillips certainly lived up his growing reputation on the night, adroitly leading both orchestra and audience alike through a succession of pieces, some familiar and some getting an altogether rarer orchestral outing.”
Northern Soul, August 2014
“An evening of magic and mystery filled the Bridgewater Hall as Jamie Phillips led the Hallé in a collection of English Classics.”
Bachtrack, July 2014
Hallé Orchestra / Berlioz, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky
“Jamie Phillips conducted the Hallé…with vivacity and profundity in front of a packed Bridgewater Hall. In Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique in particular, he drew from the string section [a] rich, soft-edged sound.”
Bachtrack, April 2014
Hallé Orchestra / Beethoven Symphony No.7
“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
Camerata Salzburg – Salzburg Festival / Mozart, Britten, Haydn (with Ian Bostridge)
“A convincing performance, which was characterised above all by natural musicality and fresh, free and yet precise direction.”
Salzburger Nachrichten, August 2013
Birmingham Festival Orchestra / Britten, Mozart & R. Strauss
“How Phillips has been able to project such personality into an orchestra which only gets together now and again defeats me. What he must be achieving as assistant conductor at Manchester’s Halle is something I look forward to sussing out.”
Birmingham Post, April 2013
Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award / Adès, Chopin, Haydn & Stravinsky
“The British conductor Jamie Philips put together a considerable performance at the tender age of 21: a capricious interpretation of Thomas Adès’ arrangement of Rameau, Chopin’s first piano concerto (Ingolf Wunder was the intelligent and elegant soloist), a Haydn Symphony and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. The tricky concerto, challenging both for the soloist and the orchestra, was not only brilliantly effective, but also minutely prepared in every detail. This was a significant pointer towards the tremendous potential that Phillips already shows.”
Salzburger Nachrichten, May 2012
“This young British conductor makes an impression with his high level of musicality and his powerful expressiveness, and despite his young age, he has already mastered an extensive repertoire.”
BR-Klassik (radio), April 2012
Helen Grime: Orchestral and Instrumental Works / Halle and Halle Soloists
“Performances are spot-on, not least from the orchestra’s assistant conductor, Jamie Phillips, making an auspicious debut on disc.”
Classical Music Magazine, five stars, November 2014