We have decided to use our award to commission a new concerto: with only a handful of two-piano concertos in the repertoire, the possibility of adding another is incredibly exciting. It has been an unexpected luxury to have the genuine support of all the cultural, musical and financial benefactors that make up the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. What a privilege for us to be able to broaden both the repertoire and scope of what we do as a piano duo, especially in a professional climate where this kind of commitment to young artists is so unique.Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore"
Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore received support from BBT between 2004 and 2009, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography go to www.lauratearmanagement.com
Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore occupy a unique place amongst piano duos: they are established chamber musicians in their own right, with flourishing independent international careers; yet since 1995 have devoted several thousands of hours to this most exacting of disciplines, giving them extraordinary musical empathy. They met as students of Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music, and during their time with him won 1st prize at the 1997 International Schubert Competition in the Czech Republic, 2nd prize at the 1998 Tokyo International Piano Duo Competition and the 1999 Royal Over-Seas League Rio Tinto Ensemble Prize. The Duo were selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust in London from 2001 to 2006. They have performed at the major UK festivals and recently at venues including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), NDR Hanover, Barbican (with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields), The Royal Opera House, St. John’s Smith Square, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Glasgow’s City Halls. They have made frequent appearances as concerto artists and recitalists at the Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall. Regular performers on BBC Radio 3, they made their Proms debut in 2001, and have recorded on the Deux-Elles label to critical acclaim. Their latest disc, including Philip’s own arrangement of Stravinsky’s Firebird, was released in December 2006. In 2008 they gave the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Two Piano Concerto, co-commissioned by the Duo and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Highlights of the coming season include concerts in the UK and Italy and a live broadcast from LSO St. Luke’s. Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips are Steinway Artists and Associates of the Royal Academy of Music.
Last updated: February 2009
BBT Project: Detlev Glanert Double Piano Concerto co-commissioned by BBT and the BBC
"Glanert whisks us on a journey through space - to Mars... The seed material is a little scale in thirds, running up and down... Glanert the magician turns it into a pulsing particle of matter, constantly mutating and exploding. Moore and Crawford-Phillips proved ideal spacemen, with Brabbins and the orchestra riding alongside."
Geoff Brown, The Times March 2008
"...an initial musical cell - in this case a simple scale in thirds - is varied or permutated to create a sequence of episodes of stunning diversity. The huge technical demands placed upon both soloists were met with great distinction."
Brian Davidson, International Piano Magazine May/June 2008
- Co-commissioning of a Two Piano Concerto by
- Practise room hire
- New photos
- Recording live Wigmore Hall performance
Detlev Glanert: Double Piano Concerto
Glanert: Double Piano Concerto (excerpt: Nirgal Vallis)
Glanert: Double Piano Concerto (excerpt: Noctis Labyrinthus)
Glanert: Double Piano Concerto (excerpt: Tithonium Chasma - Ceraunius Tholus)
Co-commissioned for the piano duo by BBT and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Glanert’s concerto is a major addition to the repertoire for two pianos and orchestra. Live world premiere recording from Glasgow City Hall 15 March 2008. An accompanying film, "Concerto Countdown" is also on this website.
Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore piano duo
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Courtesy of BBC Radio 3 | www.bbc.co.uk/radio3
Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore: BBT Winners 2004
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, & Brahms: Sonata in F minor Op 34b
BBC Radio 3 presenter Jonathan Swain introduces excerpts from the duo’s Stravinsky CD and a live performance of Brahms from Wigmore Hall. This track was produced for BBT as part of an audio CD and CDROM, showcasing its 2004 winners. An accompanying film profile is also on this website.
Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore piano duo
Stravinsky | DXL 1081 | www.deux-elles.co.uk
Brahms | recorded live at Wigmore Hall
BBT WINNERS 2004 PROFILEIntroducing Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore: twenty fingers, two pianos, one sound
A video profile of Simon Crawford-Philips and Phillip Moore, filmed in Steinway Hall and Wigmore Hall, London as part of an audio CD and CD-ROM produced by BBT to introduce the 2004 Award and Fellowship Winners.
CONCERTO COUNTDOWNSimon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore premiere Detlev Glanert Double Piano Concerto
Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore used their 2004 BBT fellowship award to co-commission this new work for the piano repertoire. Our film follows the final three months of preparation as they experienced for the first time the thrill and excitement of progressing from a totally blank canvas to a fully fledged orchestral performance. We follow the journey from the duo’s first rehearsals in London, via sessions with Detlev Glanert in Hannover, to the premiere with Martyn Brabbins and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow, on 15 March 2008.