Biography

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The Long Story:

Australian pianist and composer Philip Eames, who’s playing has been described as “playful, mischievous, and vivacious” (The Australian Times)  is currently based in Sydney, Australia and is an enthusiastic and passionate advocate of new and interesting music.

Philip has performed both as soloist and chamber musician internationally, and is the recipient of many notable prizes and scholarships including an entrance award and the Patricia Cunliffe Prize for Keyboard Studies from the Royal Northern College of Music, 1st Places in the South-East Queensland Concerto competition, the Queensland Piano Competition, the Chamber Music and Concerto sections of 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, Redland City Council, 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 is currently a PhD candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium and holds two Master of Music degrees from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, also having been awarded the Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with First Class Honours in 2008 from the latter institution. He has studied piano under Dr Max Olding, AM and Dr Stephen Savage.

As a composer he was announced the winner of the 2013 Tagore Composition Competition, awarded first place in the 2010 ASKM Composition Competition, and has had his compositions performed internationally, including in New York, Edinburgh and Melbourne. Philip was also a featured composer in the 2010 Sounding Out series, Brisbane. He writes extensively and eclectically for mixed ensembles in both large and small scale, but also ranges from piano and vocal scores to electronic mediums.

306350_537436857258_1122289870_nPhilip is much in demand as concerto soloist and guest artist, having performed with numerous Australian and UK orchestras. Most notably, Philip performed as soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No.2 “The Age of Anxiety” under Vladimir Verbitsky as a keyboard finalist for the 2010 ABC Young Performers Awards. His repertoire also includes such fascinating works as Carl Vine’s Piano Concerto No.1 and the Gershwin Piano Concerto and he is also a highly active chamber musician.

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.

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.

Philip has extensive experience with conducting, musical direction and choral music, and served as the musical director for the Greater Manchester Police Male Voice Choir from 2012. He was also the official accompanist for the 2011 Australian Concerto and Aria Competition.

Philip enjoys visual art, with three of his paintings being finalists in the 2011 “Lethbridge 10000” Small-Scale Art Award, and he has had artworks hung and sold in Australian Galleries.

He is also the author of the eclectic music blog Semantic Marmot

The Short Story:

Philip EamesAustralian pianist and composer Philip Eames, who’s playing has been described as “playful, mischievous, and vivacious” (The Australian Times) is much in demand as soloist and guest artist having performed with major Australian and international orchestras and festivals, including the World Event Young Artists, the Ligetti Academy, and the 2010 ABC Young Performers Awards.

He is the recipient of many notable prizes and scholarships including the inaugural 2011 Redland City Youth Development Fund Scholarship, the Australian Postgraduate Award, an Ars Musica Australis Fellowship, and generous support from the Tait Memorial Trust, Redland City Council, and the PPCA Performers Trust Association.

Currently a PhD candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium, Philip holds two Master of Music degrees with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, also having been awarded the Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with First Class Honours from the latter institution.

As a composer he was announced the winner of the 2013 Tagore Composition Competition, awarded first place in the 2010 ASKM Composers Competition, and has had his compositions and performed internationally, including in New York and Edinburgh.

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 is also an experienced choral conductor, and served as Musical Director to the Greater Manchester Police Male Voice Choir.

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