Piano at Butler: Nicholas Phillips, piano

February 17, 2023 @ 7:30pm

This recital features two Romantic-era composers who knew how to write great melodies. A collection of lesser-known piano miniatures by Fanny Mendelssohn are paired with Franz Schubert’s final work, the transcendent Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D.960.

 This program is free and open to the public!

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About the Artist

Described by the New York Times as a “talented and entrepreneurial pianist” and an “able and persuasive advocate” of new music, Nicholas Phillips’ playing has been praised for its “bejeweled accuracy” (Fanfare) and as “razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited” (American Records Guide).  He maintains an active schedule as a soloist and collaborative artist having performed all across the United States.  He has also given solo recitals and performances in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa.

Phillips is an active recording artist and champion of living composers. In 2011 he released two CDs on Albany Records: Portals and Passages, which features the piano music of American composer Ethan Wickman (b.1973), and Boris Papandopulo: Piano Music, which was the first CD released in the U.S. dedicated to that prolific Croatian composer’s piano music. Other releases include American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano (New Focus Recordings, 2014), which includes commissioned works written for him on that theme by 10 American composers, Impressions (Blue Griffin Records, 2016), a collection of 21st century American piano music, and Shift (Panoramic Recordings, 2019), which includes world premiere recordings of works by eight living women composers.

A native of Indiana, Phillips began formal piano lessons in the preparatory program at Indiana University at the age of ten.  He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Phillips is a Yamaha Artist and currently Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

This performance is free and open to the public, no ticket is required.


Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn by all patrons while in the venue. 

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