Recipient of one of the inaugural 2015 American Music Project grants. Recital tour featuring character pieces by Stacy Garrop, Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly, Mark Olivieri, Carter Pann, Jonathan Pieslak, and Sarah Kirkland Snider begins January, 2016, with a future CD release on Blue Griffin Records. Click here for dates and venues.
American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano
New Focus Recordings, FCR 144
a "talented, entrepreneurial pianist" - The New York Times
"It says something about the caliber of pianist Nicholas Phillips's artisty that he's been able to reach a wide, appreciative audience from his home base of Eau Claire, WI, thanks to his
excellent recordings." - Time Out New York
"Truly a postmodern pianist" - Time Out Chicago
Pianist Nicholas Phillips maintains an active schedule as a soloist, having played in venues across the United States and abroad. His previous albums, Portals and Passages and Boris Papandopulo: Piano Music both garnered critical acclaim, with his playing described as “razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited” (American Record Guide) and filled with “bejeweled accuracy” (Fanfare). He has been called “an able and persuasive advocate” of new music (The New York Times) and his passion for working with composers and engaging audiences through new music led to the conception of his new American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano album. Phillips is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Reviews for Boris Papandopulo: Piano Music (Albany, TROY 1274)
"It's hard to imagine more commited performances of Papandopulo's piano pieces than these"
(BBC Music Magazine)
"Nicholas Phillips's playing is razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited, tossing off the most demanding passages with just the offhand aplomb needed to make them at once effortless (as the composer intended) and tonally resplendent."
(Lehman, American Record Guide)
"The Scherzo fantastico (1932) is a tremendous work, played with bejeweled accuracy by Nicholas Phillips...(in 10X1) ... Phillips's performance is appropriately chameleon...Rewarding Listening."
(Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine)
Reviews for Portals and Passages (Albany Records, TROY 1246)
"Mr. Wickman is a composer of facility and imagination, the kind to whom both performers and audiences respond...Mr. Phillips is an able and persuasive advocate throughout"
(Steve Smith, New York Times)
"Throughout, Phillips navigates Wickman's fleet rhythmic and timbral shifts as one who has internalized these scores with a great deal of empathy. This is an album of both stunning breadth and poise"
(Doyle Armbrust, Time Out Chicago)
"This is a thoroughly appealing collection of piano music from an extremely talented composer...Very enthusiatically recommended"
(Carson Cooman, Fanfare Magazine)