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Nicholas Phillips

Eau Claire, WI      

Described by the New York Times as an “able and persuasive advocate” of new music, pianist Nicholas Phillips’ playing has been praised for its “bejeweled accuracy” (Fanfare) and as “razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited” (American Records Guide). He maintains an active schedule as a soloist and collaborative artist, having played recitals across the U.S., and recent international performances in Argentina, Korea, and Lithuania.


In 2011 he released two CDs on Albany Records; Portals and Passages, which features the piano music of American composer Ethan Wickman (b.1973), and Boris Papandopulo: Piano Music. His most recent CD, American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano, featured commissioned works written for him on that theme by 10 American composers.  Phillips is passionately committed to engaging audiences with the music of our time and enjoys working with composers immensely.

Ethan Wickman – Inside the Hubble Toolbox: II. Busy! Busy! BUSY!

Second movement of the suite “Inside the Hubble Toolbox” by Ethan Wickman. Recorded by pianist Nicholas Phillips on the CD “Portals and Passages” (Albany Records, 2011).

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Boris Papandopulo – Scherzo fantastico

Scherzo fantastico, by the Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo (1906-1991), recorded by pianist Nicholas Phillips on “Boris Papandopulo: Piano Music” (Albany Records, 2011).

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Joel Puckett – Bill-ytude

\ˈbil-ə-ˌtüd\ n 1: a composition built on a technical foundation formed by Billy Joel’s piano licks
2. a state of mind or feeling experienced when playing Billy Joel’s piano licks

This piece was written by Joel Puckett for pianist Nicholas Phillips, and included on his CD “American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano” (New Focus Recordings, 2014).

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NewMusicBox August 15 2018 | By Nicholas Phillips
Speak Now: #45miniatures

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