Spencer (Fred) Phillips, Orchestra London’s Principal Bassoonist since 1995, has also served as the Principal Bassoonist of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra since 1983.
A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and of Duke University, Mr. Phillips also holds an MS degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (in Environmental Management and Policy) and a Premier Prix de Virtuosité (Classe de Basson) from the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève.
Orchestras of which Mr. Phillips is a former member include Orquestra Gulbenkian (Lisbon, Portugal), the Orchestre des Rencontres Musicales de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Others with which he has performed include the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the North Carolina Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Collegium Academicum de Genève. A soloist on several occasions with Orchestra London, he has also appeared as a soloist or recitalist in Switzerland, Austria, France, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, and the United States. He has been called “excellent” by The New York Times and can be heard in recordings released by Naxos, Chandos, Nimbus, Lyrinx and Erato.
A native of the United States, Mr. Phillips became a Canadian citizen in 2000. When not playing the bassoon, he can most often be found on his bicycle.