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Phillips to perform and teach during visit to South Korea

RELEASED: June 24, 2011

Dr. Nicholas Phillips

Dr. Nicholas Phillips
(Photo by Rachel Schimelman, R|S Design)

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Nicholas Phillips, pianist and assistant professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will travel to Seoul and Gyeongju, South Korea, in early July to participate in the 2011 International Conference of the College Music Society.

Phillips will perform three recent works for piano written by living Korean women composers, including a work written specifically for Phillips by Seung-Ah Oh, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. Phillips also will play in a lecture-recital of songs by Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler and Fanny Mendelssohn with singer Marietta Dean. The CMS conference features presenters from throughout the world and includes performances, papers and lecture-recitals on a wide variety of topics, including cultural presentations on Korea and Korean music.

During his visit, the U.S. Embassy's regional program office has arranged for Phillips to give a master class to students at Gangwon Arts High School and perform a recital at the Haslla Art World, an art museum/hotel on the coast of the Sea of Japan in the town of Gangneung. Phillips plans to perform a composition by Dr. Ethan Wickman, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of music, at Haslla Art World and also during a solo recital scheduled at the Shinhan Art Hall in Seoul.

"I'm anxious to experience Seoul, but also to get out and see more of the country on my trip to Gangneung and Gyeongju," Phillips said. "I'm also excited to hear the students at Gangwon Arts High School and to play at the beautiful Haslla Art World."

Phillips has been described by The New York Times as an "able and persuasive advocate of new music." An active soloist and collaborative artist, he recently had two CDs released on Albany Records: "Portals and Passages," which features compositions for piano by Wickman; and "Boris Papandopulo: Piano Music," featuring works by the most famous Croatian composer of the 20th century.

Phillips holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Indiana University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information, contact Dr. Nicholas Phillips at phillins@uwec.edu or visit his website.

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