PAUL PHILLIPS is the Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University, where he conducts the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia. Appointed to the Stanford faculty in 2017, he is also Music Advisor and an Honorary Patron of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and previously served as Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music at Brown University and Music Director/Conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Phillips is a conductor, composer, and author who has conducted more than 75 orchestras, opera companies, choirs, and ballet troupes worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta (Argentina), Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Opera Providence. He has conducted recordings for Naxos with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), Slovak Philharmonic, and Brown University Orchestra, whose CD Manhattan Intermezzo became the #1 best-selling Naxos recording upon its release in January 2016. He has also recorded with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Guest appearances in 2018-19 include concerts with the Mill Valley Philharmonic and Orquesta Filarmónica de Río Negro, and presenting "Shostakovich Walks the Tightrope" with the Pacifica Quartet for Chamber Music San Francisco. Phillips's conducting honors include 1st Prize in the NOS International Conductors Course (Holland) and Wiener Meisterkurse Conductors Course (Vienna), and eleven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.


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Speaking engagements



11 Nov 2018

Stanford Philharmonia

Program: RESPIGHI  Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite 1; GABRIELA LENA FRANK  Elegía Andina; LUKAS FOSS  Renaissance Concerto, featuring flute soloist Carol Wincenc; PROKOFIEV  Symphony No. 1 in D Major, "Classical"

27 Jul 2018

Stanford Summer Orchestra concert in Bing Concert Hall

Program: SIBELIUS  Finlandia; CHAUSSON  Poème, featuring violin soloist Aditya Chander; GRIEG  Four Norwegian Dances; BORODIN  Symphony No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 5

01 Jun 2018

Stanford Philharmonia performs Bach, Bach/Webern, Stravinsky, and Haydn at Bing Concert Hall

Robin Sharp, violin soloist in Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major

Program: Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major; Bach (arr. Webern) - Ricercar a 6 from "Musical Offering"; Stravinsky - Concerto in E flat, "Dumbarton Oaks"; Haydn - Symphony No. 93 in D Major

18 May 2018

Stanford Symphony Orchestra closes 2017-18 season with Brahms, Auerbach, and Mussorgsky/Ravel

featuring Thorwald Jørgensen on the theremin in Lera Auerbach's "Icarus"

Program: Brahms - Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90; Lera Auerbach - Icarus (2006/2011); Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel) - Pictures at an Exhibition. Program repeated 5/20/2018

16 May 2018

Stanford Philharmonia performs Bach-themed concert at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City

Paul Phillips on "The Brilliance of Bach" – Stanford in Redwood City Speaker Series presented by the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Program: Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major; Bach (arr. Webern) - Ricercar a 6 from "Musical Offering"; Stravinsky - Concerto in E flat, "Dumbarton Oaks"

20 May 2017

Performed complete and in English in collaboration with Hampshire Choral Society

Performance at 7:00 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center at UMass-Amherst, with narration and commentary by Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, Dr. Zubair Kareem, and Father Stan Aksamit, who will also participate in a pre-concert panel discussion with Professor David Schneider of Amherst at 6:15 p.m.

21 Apr 2017

Brown University Orchestra performs Stravinsky's Firebird Suite

Performances in Sayles Hall on 04/21/2017 at 8 p.m. and 04/23/2017 at 2 p.m.

01 Apr 2017

LYADOV The Enchanted Lake, MUSGRAVE Loch Ness: A Postcard from Scotland, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Tuba Concerto, BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, "Pastorale"

John Manning is the tuba soloist in the Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

03 Mar 2017

Performances in Sayles Hall on 03/03/2017 and 03/04/2017, both at 8 p.m.

11 Feb 2017

MOZART The Magic Flute Overture, DVORAK The Noon Witch, BACH Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9

Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv performs Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor.

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13 May 2016

Naxos CD 8.573472

First recording of orchestral music by the British composer-novelist Anthony Burgess. Brown University Orchestra

08 Jan 2016

Naxos 8.573490

Works for piano and orchestra by Neil Sedaka, Keith Emerson, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin. Jeffrey Biegel, pianist. Brown University Orchestra

14 Apr 2015

Naxos 8.573105

Music by William Perry, orchestrated by Robert Nowak. Wallis Giunta (mezzo soprano), John Brancy (baritone), Timothy Hutchins (flute), Nick Byrne (ophicleide), and Michael Chertock (piano, organ). RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland)

30 Aug 2011

Naxos 8.572567

Music by William Perry, orchestrated by Robert Nowak. Ambra Albek (violin, viola), Fiona Albek (piano), Michael Chertock (piano), and Helen Kearns (soprano). RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland)

28 Jan 2008

Arizona University Recordings 175 467 3

4-CD set. Includes Vivaldi's Four Seasons with violinist Masuko Ushioda and works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Wagner performed by the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra

20 Mar 2003

SMK 10

Music by Jórunn Viðar. Includes Ólafur Liljurós, ballet suite for orchestra. Iceland Symphony Orchestra

25 Apr 2000

ITM 7-12

Orchestral music by Leifur Þórarinsson. Includes Violin Concerto (1969-1970) with violin soloist Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir. Iceland Symphony Orchestra

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