Xavier Phillips

French cellist (Paris, 1971 -)

A precocious musician, Xavier Phillips quickly gained the admiration of his peers. His career has been built on concerts, recordings and teaching.

Xavier Phillips began playing the cello at the age of 6. He was only 15 when he joined the Paris Conservatory, in Philippe Muller's class. There, he is awarded 1st place in 1989. He is also rewarded in prestigious international competitions: Belgrade Jeunesses Musicales, Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition, Helsinki Competition. Finally, he won 3rd place at the Rostropovich Competition and was noticed by the great Russian master with whom he completed his musical training. Thereafter, Rostropovich would regularly invite him to play as a soloist under his direction. Over the course of his career, Xavier Philips has performed with the greatest ensembles, such as the French National Orchestra, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Paris, French Swizz and La Scala orchestras, under the direction of conductors such as Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti and Marek Janowski. He has performed chamber music with Vanessa Wagner, Régis Pasquier and Schlomo Mintz.

Xavier Phillips's recording repertoire is very eclectic. He recorded an album dedicated to Ravel with his brother, violinist Jean-Marc Phillips-Vajabedian and pianist Emmanuel Strosser. He also recorded Kodaly, Shostakovich, contemporary music and Armenian music. In order to pass on his knowledge and experience, he assists Roland Pidoux at the Paris Conservatory. His instrument is a Matteo Gofriller from 1710.

Five landmark dates in the life of Xavier Phillips

1989: 1st Place at the Paris Conservatory

1990: 3rd Place at the Rostropovich Competition

1995: Elected soloist of the year by the Communauté des Radios Publiques de Langue Française (French Language Public Radio Community)

2006: Successful debut with the Paris Orchestra

2006: Performed Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain for the reopening of the Salle Pleyel.

2008: Was invited in Saint Petersburg by Valery Gergiev