Pianist Steven Philcox has quickly established himself as one of Canada’s finest collaborators and has performed with many renowned singers including Richard Margison, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shannon Mercer, and Measha Brueggergosman. His performances consistently receive high praise and critical acclaim prompting Toronto’s The Globe and Mail to write “a superb piano partner…gorgeously accompanied.”
Mr. Philcox’s recital appearances have taken him to many of North America’s greatest concert halls including his Carnegie Hall debut in association with the American Society for Contemporary Opera and Song as well as his Alice Tully Hall debut at Lincoln Center. He has also performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in a live broadcast of Schubert’s Die Shöne Müllerin. In addition, Mr. Philcox has been heard under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Janacek Festival in Glens Falls, New York, and the National Arts Center, Ottawa. Mr. Philcox is often heard on the recital stages of Toronto and continues to garner the reputation as one of this city’s most expressive and colorful interpreters.
In 2006 Mr. Philcox added a new role to his credits with his conducting debut in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. Following this successful debut, he was invited by the Governor General to conduct the National Arts Center Orchestra in a tribute to Richard Bradshaw at the 2006 Governor General Awards.
Recently, Mr. Philcox made a return to the solo repertoire in an appearance with the Okanagan Symphony.
Mr. Philcox recently finished his eleventh season as vocal coach, répétiteur, and assistant conductor with the Canadian Opera Company. Increasingly recognized for his teaching, Mr. Philcox was invited in 2008/2009 to the Universities of Manitoba and Montreal for a series of recitals and masterclasses. He has also held teaching positions at the Banff Center’s Twentieth Century Opera and Song Festival, the Chautauqua Summer Institute, the Aria International Summer Academy, the Center for Operatic Studies in Italy (COSI), and the Charlie Creek Vocal Workshop in Wabash, Indiana. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Philcox was the music director for the Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario. This past summer, Mr. Philcox joined the faculty of Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s, Newfoundland where he headed the collaborative piano division with an emphasis on art song.
Mr. Philcox is extremely excited about his recent appointment to the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto where he will head the collaborative piano department. Mr. Philcox will also continue a relationship with the Canadian Opera Company as a member of its music staff for the final production of the season. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Mr. Philcox pursued his love of vocal literature for two summers at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California. Subsequently, he went on to receive his Master of Music Degree in Vocal Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music.