Australian pianist and composer Philip Eames is based in Sydney, having recently completed a PhD on the choral polyphony of Percy Grainger at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he is now a musicology lecturer. He holds two Master of Music degrees with a scholarship from the Royal Northern College of Music and the Queensland Conservatorium, also having been awarded the Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with First Class Honours. Most notably, Philip was a category finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards, performing as soloist with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, and as a composer his commission highlights include the The Australian Voices, Queensland Ballet, and the Australian National Piano Award. He has studied piano under Dr Max Olding, AM and Dr Stephen Savage and his playing has been described as “playful, mischievous, and vivacious” (The Australian Times).
Philip has performed both as soloist and chamber musician internationally, and is the recipient of many notable prizes and scholarships including the South-East Queensland Concerto competition, the Queensland Piano Competition, the Australian Concerto and Aria Competition and the Keys Festival of Australian Music. In terms of further scholarships he was awarded the inaugural 2011 Redland City Youth Development Fund Scholarship, an Ars Musica Australis Fellowship, and grants from the Tait Memorial Trust, PPCA Performers Trust Association. He was also presented with the 2010 Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Award and the 2008 Fred Ellaway Prize for the highest achieving piano student at the Queensland Conservatorium. Philip was featured in the ANAM Piano! Festival, the Australian Percussion Gathering, the North West New Music Festival, World Event Young Artists, the Per Nørgård Festival, and most recently the Ligetti Academy in the Netherlands.
As a composer he was announced the winner of the Tagore Composition Competition, ASKM Composition Competition, and has had his compositions performed internationally, including in America, United Kingdom and throughout Australia. Philip was also a featured composer in New Music New York, Making Waves and the Music Box Project and is frequently commissioned including as part of the Collusion Ensemble concert series.
Philip has actively commissioned new works and frequently participates not only as a soloist, but also as an orchestral and chamber pianist with a wide variety of new-music ensembles, involving many world, Australian and UK premieres of major composers, including George Antheil, Matthew Hindson and Donnacha Dennehy. He frequently performs new works for piano by emerging and established composers throughout Australia and the UK, including Jae-moon Lee, Liam Flenady and Lisa Cheney. Notably, Philip was also repetiteur under conductor Luca Pfaff for the contemporary opera Miracolo a Milano by Giogio Battistelli, and more recently for the productions of The Mermaid of Zennor, a chamber opera by Leo Geyer.
He is also the author of the eclectic music blog Semantic Marmot