Welcome to the 2014/2015 season of Music at the Phillips. During the last season we welcomed 40 artists for their US or Washington, DC, debuts and gave the premieres of 14 new works by both established and promising young composers. Throughout the coming season we will introduce over 50 artists to Washington audiences and anticipate 4,000 people to attend our concerts—an extraordinary success story for a venue of our size and a striking endorsement of the music we present. Our commitment to upholding the Phillips’s traditions is at the heart of everything we do, as is our determination to construct a season that guarantees great performances and innovative, imaginative programs. I look forward to sharing many concert experiences with you this season.
Named after the illustrious Orford String Quartet who toured the world for 40 years, the New Orford String Quartet carries the same artistic excellence and integrity into today’s concert circuit. They perform quartets by Haydn and Beethoven, as well as a new String Quartet by Canadian composer Tim Brady.
An imaginative and electrifying performer, Chinese pianist Zhang Zuo makes her Washington, DC, debut at the Phillips performing Beethoven's Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3, the characterful Carnival Scenes from Vienna by Schumann, and Schubert's Sonata in C minor, D. 958.
A period instrument quartet known for their exploration of rare and forgotten scores, the Cambini-Paris Quartet presents the music of Hyacinthe Jadin, Félicien David, two 19th-century French composers who remain virtually unknown outside of France.
German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is a versatile musician whose penetrating insights into new music led him to give the German premiere of Nico Muhly’s Cello Concerto in February 2014. He is joined by Argentinian pianist José Gallardo.
Well known for his intelligent programming and ability to find uniting strands between contrasting repertoire, pianist Alexander Schimpf makes his Washington, DC, debut with works by Brahms, Scriabin, and Beethoven.