Philip Jameson is an Australian composer of orchestral music, chamber music and theatre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, where he graduated in May 2016. His teachers include Richard Gill, Richard Cohn, Kathryn Alexander, and Jeanine Tesori.
Philip’s music is unashamedly melodic. The beauty of individual line is the highest priority in his work, although these lines often mingle in twisted and fantastical ways. In this sense, he is affected by the music of both J.S. Bach and Igor Stravinsky. At the same time, Philip’s involvement in opera and musical theatre draws him to music that tells visceral narratives in clear terms. The work of Stephen Sondheim has been a constant influence, joined more recently by the work of Olivier Messiaen and György Ligeti.
The Sydney Symphony Sinfonia has performed three of Philip’s orchestral works in its Discovery program. Two other works were recently commissioned by the Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Philip’s chamber music includes The Collatz Variations, a brass quintet which shared third prize in the Franz Schubert Conservatory’s International Composition Competition for 2012. It was subsequently performed in Grafenegg (Austria) as part of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2013 European Tour. More recently, Philip wrote a theatrical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as a string quartet for Musica Viva’s Huntington Estate Music Festival.
When he is not composing, Philip works as a conductor of opera and musical theatre. In 2012, he was the Assistant Conductor for Victorian Opera’s production of The Rake’s Progress, directed by John Bell. He recently conducted the Yale Dramat’s productions of Parade, Man of La Mancha and A Chorus Line, and was the Musical Director of Just Add Water, a Yale-based improv-comedy troupe.