Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music at Brown University, and music director and conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus in Massachusetts, Paul Phillips is an award-winning conductor, composer and author. Educated at Eastman, Columbia, Cincinnati, Aspen, and Tanglewood, where he studied with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, and Kurt Masur, Phillips began his conducting career at the Frankfurt Opera and Stadttheater Luneburg, later holding posts with the Savannah Symphony, Maryland Symphony, RI Philharmonic, and other American orchestras. He has conducted more than 60 orchestras worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Choir, plus numerous opera companies and dance troupes. His conducting honors include 11 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, 1st Prize in the NOS International Conductors Course (Hilversum) and Wiener Meisterkurse (Vienna), and selection for the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductors Program. His compositions, published by Barnard Street Music, include the orchestral works Brownian Motion, Celestial Harmonies, and Wave, the musical play War Music, and song cycles Miracle Songs and Battle-Pieces; his arrangements include Stravinsky’s Mavra, published by Boosey & Hawkes. A Clockwork Counterpoint, his groundbreaking book on the music and literature of Anthony Burgess, has been hailed in the press as “prodigiously researched, elegantly written” and “seamlessly fascinating”.
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