Joseph Phibbs was born in London, and studied at The Purcell School, King’s College London, and Cornell University (with Steven Stucky). His works have been premiered by conductors including Edward Gardner, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Vassily Petrenko, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Leonard Slatkin, and are performed regularly at Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, and St John’s Smith Square. Several commissions for the BBC Symphony Orchestra have included Lumina (Last Night of the Proms) and Partita (2016), and for the Philharmonia Orchestra Rivers to the Sea (British Composers Award, 2013) and a Clarinet Concerto (2017, for Mark van de Wiel). His first opera, Juliana (to a libretto by Laurie Slade) was premiered at Cheltenham festival last year, under George Vass.
He has written numerous chamber works. A recording of his String Quartet No.1, by the Piatti Quartet, received acclaim last year in Gramophone Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, and Bachtrack; and his String Quartet No.3, premiered last October at Carnegie Hall, will be toured in Europe by Belcea Quartet in 2021. Additional works have been commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia, Chroma, Endymion, London Sinfonietta, Lontano, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Navarra Quartet, Michael Chance, Iestyn Davies, and Noriko Ogawa.
Phibbs’s choral works has been taken up by conductors such as Rupert Gough, Peter Nardone, Matthew Owens, Adrian Partington, Ronald Corp, and Andrew Lucas. Recently Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have championed a number of works: Nesciens Mater, released last year on their CORO label, and broadcast on both Classic FM and BBC Radio 3; and Lullay, lullay thou lytl child, as part of their 2018 Christmas tour.