Assistant Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra and their youngest ever assistant conductor at 22 years old, Jamie Phillips first attracted international attention as the youngest competitor in the 2011 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors when he reached the semi-finals whilst still a student at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2013, conducting the Camerata Salzburg in concert with tenor Ian Bostridge.
He has recently made debut appearances with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hamburger Symphoniker, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and has conducted the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Ulster Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg.
Phillips is Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra with whom he made his and the orchestra's debut at The Sage Gateshead in July 2013, and they toured together to Germany in summer 2014. He is heavily involved in many of the Hallé's education programmes and concerts; last season he conducted 14 schools concerts with the orchestra, seen by 20,000 children from across the North West. Phillips's successful time with the Hallé Orchestra has resulted in his contract as Assistant Conductor being extended until the end of the 2014-15 season.
Jamie Phillips is a committed advocate of new music, and is the founder and principal conductor of the Birmingham Festival Orchestra, conducting concerts each season including repertoire such as Richard Strauss's Ein Heldeneleben and Mahler's Sixth Symphony.