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Nicholas Phillips

Dr. Nicholas Phillips

Associate Professor of Music

DMA, University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.M., Indiana University
B.M., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Academic Areas: applied and class piano.

Dr. Nicholas S. Phillips
261 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-5842

Pianist Nicholas Phillips maintains an active schedule as a soloist, having played in venues across the United States and abroad. His previous albums, Portals and Passages and Boris Papandopulo: Piano Music both garnered critical acclaim, with his playing described as "razor-sharp yet wonderfully spirited" (American Record Guide) and filled with "bejeweled accuracy" (Fanfare). He has been called "an able and persuasive advocate" of new music (The New York Times) and he is passionate about working with composers and engaging audiences through new music. His newest CD, American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano, features new works written for him, and will be released on New Focus Recordings in January, 2013.

Phillips maintains an active schedule as a soloist and collaborative artist. His current season includes solo recitals in New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Alabama, Ohio, Michigan, Montana, Texas, and Wisconsin. He is also performing a concert of works for voice and piano by Britten, and a concert of the Piano Quartet and Quintet by Robert Schumann. Recent international appearances include solo recitals in Korea (sponsored by the U.S. Embassy) and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Phillips has given lecture-recitals and presentations at conferences in the U.S., Argentina, Croatia, England, and South Korea. He is the author of "Mendelssohn's Songs without Words Revisited: Culture,Gender, Literature, and the Role of Domestic Piano Music in Victorian England," published by VDM Verlag. 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.

Dr. Phillips holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. For more information, please visit


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  • MUSI 106 Class Piano
  • MUSI 108 Advanced Class Piano
  • MUSI 151/351 Applied Piano
  • MUSI 268/468 Piano Ensemble
  • MUSI 475 Piano Literature


Audio Excerpts by Nicholas Phillips, Piano:
Forbidden Parallels by Ethan Wickman
Inside the Hubble Toolbox Mvt. III. Imagining the Imaging Spectrograph 
    by Ethan Wickman
Scherzo fantastico by Boris Papandopulo
Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 (III) by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op.60 by Frederic Chopin