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Faculty - Phillip Silver

Phillip Silver is an internationally acclaimed solo and collaborative artist. The Frankfurter Rundschau described his playing as “virtuosic,” Haaretz commented upon his “…superb technical ability that enthralled the audience with melody, lyricism and poetry,” while the Boston Globe called him “an international collaborative pianist of the first rank,” and the Jerusalem Post described him as “a superb accompanist whose work is marked by sensitivity, felicity of style and an inborn musicianship which unerringly directs him to the most appropriate musical gesture.”

Phillip has performed in many of the world’s leading concert halls including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London, the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Henry Crown Theater in Jerusalem.

Over the course of his career he has performed with many distinguished artists including Denes Zsigmondy, Jian Wang, Elmar Oliveira, Albert Markov and Alexander Markov. Phillip has also been a member of the Van Leer Chamber Players in Jerusalem, the Rachmaninov Trio in the UK, and the Silver Duo, a long established ensemble with his wife, cellist Noreen Silver.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Phillip studied with Katja Andy and Leonard Shure at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Music cum laude. He also earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Washington for his research into the music of Ignaz Moscheles.

Along with a significant number of performances, recordings and broadcasts for nationalradio in the United States, Britain, Israel, Europe and Scandinavia, Phillip has recorded several Compact Discs for the German Koch/Schwann label. These include a recital of German Romantic Lieder with the Israeli soprano Cilla Grossmeyer, and a recording of 20th century Russian piano trios as a member of the UK based Rachmaninov Trio. A world premiere recording of music by an Italian-Jewish victim of the Nazis, Leone Sinigaglia, was released on the Toccata Classics label in Spring 2010. Participants included cellist, Noreen Silver and violinist, Solomia Soroka.

Phillip’s most recent recording, a CD of music by the German-Jewish composer Bernhard Sekles was released in February 2013 on the Toccata Classics label in London. Maria Nockin reviewing this recording in Fanfare magazine commented upon the “brilliantly played fireworks from the pianist” while Steve Arloff writing in MusicWeb International described it as “a really valuable discovery” marked by “flawless playing.”… “thoroughly deserving to be heard by every chamber music lover.”

Over the past decade Phillip Silver has, in addition to his international performing career, carried out research on music and musicians caught up in the Holocaust. He has presented his research in the form of commercial recordings, lectures and recitals on both national and international stages including venues in Israel, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom. Phillip also works closely with a number of Israeli composers and is active in bringing their music to a wider international public. As a member of the Jerusalem based Van Leer Trio, Phillip was a recipient of a prestigious award for best performance of an original Israeli chamber composition.

Phillip Silver has been on the faculties of Glasgow University, Strathclyde University, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. He is currently a Professor of Music at the School of Performing Arts at the University of Maine teaching studio piano and music history. Most recently, Phillip was appointed Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies at Colby College, Waterville, Maine, and a Ph.D thesis advisor at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.

phillip.silver@umit.maine.edu


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