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Name: Philip Voldman
Skills: Accompanist, Conductor, Player, Opera Coach/Repetiteur
Phone: +44 (0)7963 045723
Address: United Kingdom
Links: Website     E-mail
Philip was born in New York in 1985. He began his piano studies at the age of five with his aunt, Ludmila Kandiba (B.Mus. Novomoskovsk College of Music) and at the age of nine, with Nora Kaplan (Ph.D. Kiev Conservatoire, Novosibirsk State Glinka Conservatoire). From 1999 to 2003, Philip studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (also known as the ‘Fame’ school.)’ In his final year at LaGuardia High School, as an assistant conductor and pianist (repetiteur) in the LaGuardia High School Opera Theatre, he conducted many performances of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (working closely with directors such as Gary Wedow, Andres Andrade and Jennifer Griesbach). After these performances, he received the Julius Grossman Conducting Award upon graduation. While at LaGuardia, Philip participated in master classes with Reri Grist, George Pappastavrou and Mordecai Shehori. In 2005, Philip, in collaboration with a newly formed opera organisation called City Youth Opera Inc. (CYO) working with Andres Andrade and Jennifer Griesbach and acting as Musical Director, staged the inaugural production of La Serva Padrona by Pergolesi. Also, Philip in collaboration with Jennifer Griesbach and Andres Andrade, help prepare the production of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, which proved to be a success.

In 2002, Philip began his work experience at The Amato Opera Theatre as an assistant répétiteur and studied with Anthony Amato. This is where he participated in performances of Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Cosi fan tutte, Hänsel und Gretel, Die Zauberflote, Andrea Chenier, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, and HMS Pinafore.

In 2003 Philip entered the Royal College of Music, London for the Bachelor of Music (with Honours) degree course and is in his third year. He studies piano with Ruth Nye, the famous pupil of Claudio Arrau, passing on the musical lineage since Beethoven. Philip has also studied Fortepiano with Simon Nicholls and Harpsichord with Robert Woolley. He has an extensive song and operatic repertoire and has worked with such coaches as Gerald Martin-Moore (National Opera Studio/English National Opera/Royal Opera House), Richard Jackson, Dr. Jeanette Favaro-Reuter (Hochschule für Musik und Theater (‘Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’, Leipzig), Patric Schmid (Opera Rara) and Audrey Hyland (Royal Academy of Music/Royal College of Music). At the RCM, Philip has worked with such professors as Neil Mackie CBE, Peter Savidge, Graeme Broadbent, Roderick Earle, Russell Smythe, Sarah Walker, Ryland Davies (with whom he has worked extensively), Timothy Evans-Jones, Elizabeth Robson and Marie McLaughlin. Philip has participated in master classes with Roger Vignoles, Stephen Varcoe, Lewis Kaplan (Juilliard School), Lynsey Marsh (Halle Orchestra), Donald Maxwell (Director of the National Opera Studio), Mark Tucker, Dennis O’Neill, Itzhak Rashkovsky and Ashley Stafford (Oxford University/Royal College of Music). Philip has, on many occasions, acted as rehearsal pianist for major chorus rehearsals, notable ones are in 2003, when he played for the rehearsals of the all Brahms concert with Robert Chilcott and in 2004 the Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Terry Edwards and Bernard Haitink also in 2005 on Bruckner's Te Deum. Philip, on occasion as a freelance accompanist, has accompanied for rehearsals outside of college, notable ones include rehearsals of Ernani for Opera Integra (working with Brian Galloway). Also Philip has accompanied for rehearsals of Haydn's Nelson Mass for Chorus Mundi.

In the August of 2004 and 2005, Philip participated on a scholarship in V.O.I.C.Experience 2004: Sherrill Milnes & Friends Summer Course for Singers. There he worked under the tutelage of Louis Menendez. In the course, he worked with such coaches as Jorge Parodi (Juilliard School), Howard Watkins (Metropolitan Opera), Joan Dornemann (Metropolitan Opera, IVAI Tel-Aviv), Mikhail Hallak (Yale University) and such professors as Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves, Inci Bashar, Patricia McCaffrey (Manhattan School of Music), Neil Rosenshein (Manhattan School of Music) and Maria Spacagna. In this program, along with Sherrill Milnes and Maria Spacagna, Philip worked to prepare singers in such roles as Rigoletto in Rigoletto, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly and Scarpia in Tosca. In November of 2004, Philip was accepted to take part in the first course at the National Opera Studio called ‘The World of the Repetiteur’, a weekend of practical sessions, talks and master classes promoted by the British Youth Opera and the National Opera Studio. Staff included: David Syrus (Royal Opera House), Anthony Legge (English National Opera/Royal Academy of Music), Roy Laughlin (National Opera Studio) and Timothy Dean (British Youth Opera/Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). Presently, Philip spends most of his time as a song and opera accompanist and coaches colleagues of the Royal College of Music, London and The Benjamin Britten International Opera School.



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