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 recent seasons he has conducted orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Munich Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Oslo Philhamonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre National d’Ile de France.
Phillips has previously held the title of Assistant Conductor and the specially created title of Associate Conductor with the Hallé Orchestra, and in 20/21 he is due to return to conduct the Hallé Orchestra as well as the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie. He also has his first engagements with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Gelders Orkest. Last season’s concerts included his debuts with the Opera de Lyon, Odense Symphony and NDR Radiophilharmonie.
Jamie Phillips is committed to new and 20th century music. In 2020 he recorded a disc of contemporary works inspired by JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations with the NDR Radio Philharmonie and Niklas Liepe for Sony. He previously recorded 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.