Phil Best

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Phil’s performances combine engaging and informal presentation with powerful and passionate musicality. His mission is to generate a level of excitement about the piano and its expressive possibilities that has not been known since the nineteenth century when it was a relatively new invention.

Clair de Lune – Debussy

Opiate – Phil Best

Prelude in G minor Op. 23 No. 5 – Rachmaninov

Fantasie-Impromptu – Chopin

Rhapsody on Boogie Wonderland – Best

Phil possesses a virtuoso technique whilst his remarkably fresh and natural way of playing brings an energy and excitement to both old and new music in a way that challenges stereotyped preconceptions about musical genres.

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If required, he can bring his own piano – the wonderful new Roland V-Piano. This instrument marks a breakthrough development in the piano’s history and opens up enormous possibilities which Phil will explore and demonstrate. Hear the piano as it has never been heard before!

He is available for…
Weddings, parties and corporate functions (piano, voice or both)
A wide variety of recital and concert work
Session singing and piano/keyboard playing including programming. Phil is a fluent sight-reader & improviser
Accompanying & coaching for recitals, examinations etc. – all instruments & styles – and repetiteur work for all genres of vocalist – Phil has German, French and Italian
 

PHIL BEST – REPERTOIRE

CONCERTO REPERTOIRE

Schumann – Concerto in Am Op. 54
Beethoven –No. 1 in C major Op. 15; No. 2 in B flat major Op. 19 and No. 4 in G major Op. 58
Franck – Variations Symphoniques
Mendelssohn – No. 1 in G minor Op. 25
Rachmaninov –No. 2 in C minor Op. 18 and No. 3 in D minor Op. 30
Mozart – No. 8 in C major, K246; No.14 in E flat major, K449; No. 22 in E flat major, K482; No. 23 in A major K488;
Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major Op. 102
Stravinsky – Concerto for piano and wind instruments
Chopin No. 1 in E minor Op 11 and No. 2 in F minor Op. 21
Brahms – No. 2 in B flat major Op. 83
Tchaikovsky – No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 23
Prokofiev – Concerto No. 1
Grieg – Piano Concerto in Am Op. 16

SOLO REPERTOIRE

Chopin – 4 Ballades, 4 Scherzi, Barcarolle, Berceuse, 4 Impromptus, B minor Sonata and Bb minor Sonata, Polonaises 1-6 and Polonaise-Fantaisie, Complete Mazurkas, Complete Waltzes, Complete Nocturnes, Complete Etudes and Complete Preludes

Rachmaninov – Complete Moments Musicaux, Complete Preludes, Etude Tableau Op.39 No. 5, Corelli Variations

Debussy – Complete Preludes Books 1 and 2, Suite Bergamasque, 2 Arabesques, Jardins sous la pluie, Reflets dans l’eau

Fauré – Barcarolles 1-7, Nocturnes Nos. 1 and 4

Mozart – Piano Sonatas, K282, K283, K330, K331, K309, K310, K332, K333, K454, K457 and C minor Fantasie K475, K570, K576

Haydn – Many of the Sonatas including No. 33 in C minor Hob. XVI/20, No. 50 in D major Hob. XVI/37, No. 53 in E minor Hob. XVI /34, No. 59 in E flat major Hob. XVI/49, No 60 in C major Hob. XVI/50 and No. 62 in E flat major Hob. XVI/52
Several sets of variations including the Variation in F minor (Un piccolo Divertimento)

Brahms – Piano pieces Op. 76, Sonata No.3 in F minor, Handel Variations, Paganini Etudes, 3 Intermezzi Op.117

Liszt – Mephisto Waltz, 2 Transcendental Studies – Feux Follets and Wilde Jagd, 3 Concert Studies Il Lamento, La Leggierezza, Un Sospiro, Consolations; Liebesträume; Polonaise No. 1; Valse-Impromptu; Sonata in B minor

Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit

Beethoven – Sonatas: Op. 2 No. 1 in F minor; Op. 2 No. 3 in C major; Op 7 in E flat major; Op. 10 No. 1 in C minor; Op. 10 No. 2 in F major; Op. 13 in C minor Pathétique; Op. 14 No. 1 in E major; Op. 14 No. 2 in G major; Op. 26 in A flat major; Op. 27 No. 2 in C sharp minor Moonlight; Op. 28 in D major Pastorale; Op. 31 No. 1 in G major; Op. 31 No. 2 in D minor; Op. 49 No. 1 in G minor; Op. 49 No. 2 in G major; Op. 53 in C major Waldstein; Op. 54 in F major; Op. 57 in F minor Appassionata; Op. 81a in E flat major Les Adieux; Op. 101 in A major; Op. 109 in E major; Op. 110 in A flat

Schubert – Impromptus D.899 (Op. 90); Sonata in A minor D.537; Sonata in A major D.664; Sonata in C minor D. 958

Bach – Preludes and Fugues from Book 1 of The 48: Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14 and 23;
Preludes and Fugues from Book 2 of The 48: Nos. 5, 6, 12 and 24; The Italian Concerto

Grieg –Lyric Pieces Op. 12 and Notturno – No. 4 from Op. 54

Schumann – Etudes Symphoniques; Arabesque

Tippett – Sonata No. 3

Mendelssohn – Variations Sérieuses, Op 7
Songs Without Words Book 3 Op.38 and Book 4 Op. 53

Kenneth Leighton – 5 Studies Op 22

CHAMBER MUSIC REPERTOIRE

Beethoven Piano Trio No. 7 Op. 97 (Archduke)

Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Poulenc – Sonata for oboe and piano Op. 185
Sextet for piano and wind quintet Op. 100

Janacek – Capriccio for piano and wind ensemble

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