Phillips

Artist Management Foundation

Phillips

Artist Management Foundation

Phillips

Artist Management Foundation

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David Phillips' interpretations of composers as varied as Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert have garnered him wide acclaim and invitations to appear with notable institutions such as The Armenian Philharmonic, The San Antonio Symphony and The Dubrovnik Symphony.


 

David William Phillips and his spouse, Barnaby Harry Matos-Phillips, were no strangers to adversity when they moved to Santa Fe in late 2018. They were both orphaned at a young age: David’s mother placing him in an orphanage to protect him and his brother, and Barnaby’s mother giving him up for adoption when he was born prematurely. That start did little to hinder them, however, as Barnaby grew to become CEO of his own company and David became an internationally acclaimed concert pianist. For ten years, they loved and strengthened one another, and then Barnaby was diagnosed with cancer.  

“I promised him I would keep going,” David recalls. “It was a dark time and we were spending a lot of it apart. We moved to Santa  Fe, New Mexico so we could be together.” About six weeks after moving, while David was getting ready to go out, Barnaby stepped outside for some air. A short while later, he was struck and killed by a young driver. It was the night of Thanksgiving 2018. The loss hit David hard. He admits to being angry, to wanting the justice that is denied to him, but, slowly, another feeling came to take its place.

In David’s own words: “Through it all and many a sleepless night, I had a vision of love.” In the following months, he reached out to friends and mentors, to chair-violinists and the department chairs of musical institutes, with a vision that grew with every person he brought on board. “The idea is developing and nurturing young artists,” he said. “And presenting them on premier stages when they’re ready.” He started with people he knew. “Some of these artists I’ve known since childhood: I know their expertise in performing and teaching. You start from what you know and go from there.” 

Over the course of these initial conversations, David and company decided to form their own non-profit to ensure the work went beyond a few concerts into a regular, consistent model of giving. 

This idea became the Phillips Artist Management Foundation a 501c.3 nonprofit.  Once he had assembled the talent, David began searching for partners in the non-profit sector. He started by reaching out to St. Judes’ Children’s Hospital and then decided to broaden his vision to include everyone taking a stand against suffering. “I will work with anyone who shares my mission statement,” he reflects. This led him to write to former-president Barack Obama.  

On various occasions, the U.S. State Department asked David to appear with them on tour, and so, through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, he has performed in Armenia, Croatia, and Afghanistan. “I was aware the Obamas had started a mentoring program through their Foundation,” he recalls. “So I reached out to them and that led me to contact Big Brothers Big Sisters.” Together, these organizations are now working on developing a mentoring model. One idea they’re currently considering is hosting conversations where aspiring musicians can ask David and his colleagues for career advice and then making these recordings open to the public. 

Testimonials

"Pianist David Phillips joined Soprano Aimee Puentes in Non temer and was the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat – his last, dating from 1791. Phillips showed himself to be a stylish Mozartean with a firm, clear touch and a lyrical sense of line. He is a poet in the purest sense of the word. His timekeeping was impeccable; a marvelous pairing with Michael Morgan's steady conducting."

-Mike Greenberg, Express-News Senior Critic San Anotonio Express News

“We have, however, heard something rather like the Piano Concerto in F before, namely just unscrolled every anything Gershwin put together for an orchestra. But Soloist David Phillips is not like any pianist on this planet. From an impeccable memory every inscrutable note through his curling fingers. Phillips is super-sensitive performer blessed with an endearing tendency. ( The late Glenn Gould’s was to hum through his performances; others called it groaning.) Phillips’is to contort his mug as if deflecting the tantalizing tension between each note. Never seen anything quite like it. A night of Gershwin was a night of ice on fire and we loved it.

-Mark Howell critic Key West

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