New artist: Phantasm consort of viols

7 November 2018

We are delighted to welcome Phantasm to our roster for general management.

Widely recognised as today’s foremost viol consort, Phantasm has been praised for their immaculate technique, beautiful tone, emotional intensity, and musical shaping, with The Guardian commenting “Phantasm’s control is absolute. The playing is remarkable, and technically flawless”.

Boasting a wide range of repertoire for variable forces, from English music of the Renaissance and Baroque to J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue, Phantasm moves beyond considering this music as an historical study. Their physicality in performance, rigorous intellect, and ability to bring music to life makes them a truly unique ensemble.

Founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus, Phantasm performs internationally, appearing at festivals and concert halls all over the world. Recent engagements have included the Trigonale Festival, Bachfest Leipzig, Aldeburgh Festival (alongside guitarist Sean Shibe), Misteria Paschalia Krakow, the Kölner Philharmonie, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Earlier this year, they completed a critically acclaimed tour of New Zealand where they were described by The Dominion Post as “a group of musicians from the very top drawer, the music-making breathtakingly fine”.

Phantasm’s latest recording for Linn Records, ‘Matthew Locke: For Lovers of Consort Music’, adds to an extensive award-winning discography, which includes three Gramophone Awards, two Diapason d’Or, and a Limelight Magazine Chamber Music Prize. Their next recording 'The Well-Tempered Consort' of music by J.S. Bach will be released on Linn in Autumn 2019.

The group has recently worked on several exciting projects which include a new virtual reality app, ‘Music Up Close’ for New Zealand-based company I Want to Experience. In collaboration with Chamber Music New Zealand, the app immerses its users in the intimate world of Phantasm’s rehearsals, giving them “an opportunity not afforded by concert performance or video”. You can view the trailer here. As well as this, the 18/19 season marks the Phantasm’s debut at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin with their regular collaborator, lutenist Elizabeth Kenny.

Looking further ahead, Phantasm will also be collaborating with choreographer Sommer Ulrickson in ‘The Art of Being Human’, a project in which musicians and dancers share and interact in a space envisioned by visual artist Alexander Polzin, exploring a programme of English consort music and how art plays a role in understanding and crafting our common humanity.

Phantasm is represented worldwide by Polly Gamble. Please click here for more information.

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