Praised for having the “ability to pick up a familiar piece by the scruff of its neck and shake invigorating new life into it" (Bachtrack), Jamie Phillips demonstrates a natural authority on the rostrum, which he combines with a clear, assured and expressive technique and an innate musicality.
Jamie Phillips has developed a strong guest conducting profile across Europe, and in the 2018/19 season returns to orchestras including the Orchestra of the Opéra de Rouen, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonie Zuidnederland. Phillips will also return to the Hallé, where he has been described as handling “his vast forces with tight control and penetrating insight” (Nottingham Post) and has previously held the title of Assistant Conductor and the specially created title of Associate Conductor. Phillips will also make his debut with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philhamonic, Orchestre National d’Ile de France and Philharmonia Orchestra as well as at Vienna’s Musikverein and the Philharmonie de Paris.
In recent seasons, Phillips has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Nash Ensemble, Camerata Salzburg, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Essen Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also made return visits to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, RTE Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic.
Jamie Phillips is committed to new and 20th century music and has recorded two CDs featuring the music of Tarik O’Regan and Helen Grime, both with the Hallé for 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
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Royal Flemish Philharmonic
Het Gelders Orkest
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra of Opera de Rouen
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.