Since winning first prize at the Leeds Conductors Competition in 1991 PHILIP ELLIS has established a reputation as one of Great Britains most versatile conductors. In the UK he has conducted the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, City of London Sinfonia, and the Northern Sinfonia.
Following his début with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 1987 his work abroad has included the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra, Flanders Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, St Petersburg Symphony, Turin Opera Orchestra, National Orchestra of Mexico, Western Australian Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony. He has conducted the BRTN Philharmonic (Brussels) on many occasions for both radio and television. He is also a regular guest conductor in Germany with the Würtembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen and Neue Philharmonie Westfallen.
As well as conducting most productions for Birmingham Royal Ballet, he has also conducted the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden (Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Don Quixote and Gala work), La Scala Ballet, Milan (La Boyardee), Angel Corella Ballet throughout Spain, Semper Opera Ballet – Dresden, Australian Ballet (Icons, Swan Lake, Merry Widow, Nutcracker), English National Ballet (Alice, Nutcracker), Hong Kong Ballet (Merry Widow) and Gothenburg Ballet (Fille mal Grade). He premièred two programmes for the Polish National Ballet in Warsaw (La Boyardee, Balanchine and his Muses) and conducted performances in Japan of Matthew Bournes Swan Lake, a production that he later opened in Paris. He has
premièred many productions for Noriko Kobayashi Ballet in Tokyo and in June 2012 made his début with Paris Opera Ballet conducting La Fille mal Grade at the Palais Garner, where he is due to return in 2015.
CD recordings include Prokofievs Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals with the Philharmonia, Coplands Rodeo and Appalachian Spring with the RPO, which was followed by a further series of CDs with the RPO of Concert Classics. He has worked extensively with Lesley Garrett since 2001 recording CDs with her for BMG and EMI Classics, plus many TV programmes for the BBC.
He made his opera début conducting Tosca with Opera Holland Park and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004 and was Musical Director for National Theatre Production of Harrison Birtwistles Bow Down at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Philip Ellis first worked with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 1992 becoming Principal Conductor in 1995.