Robert Phillips

Electroacoustic and Chamber Music Composer


Robert Phillips (b. 1981) is an American chamber and electroacoustic music composer/performer whose music integrates a diverse vocabulary of sound samples, multimedia tools, and interrogative approaches to musical style. A range of microtonal techniques and notation strategies are employed to inflect glissandi and vibrati variations within signature harmonic networks, and explore a broad, hyper-expressionist palette, superscribed over a diverse array of materials and samples from a variety of musical tropes and genres.

His music has been featured at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Opéra de Lille, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Harvard University Summer Composition Institute, June in Buffalo, and BEAST FEaST 2017, and has been performed by the Ictus Ensemble, Distractfold Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, Ear Massage Percussion Quartet, Curious Chamber Players, Ensemble Chronophonie, Formalist Quartet, Pascal Gallois, Rohan de Saram, Magnus Andersson, and Heather Roche.

He received his B.A. in music from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied composition with Chaya Czernowin and Steve Takasugi, and completed his Ph.D. in music composition with David Felder at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, in December of 2012.