Collaborative composer Philip Venables is described as 'an arrestingly original musical personality' by Alex Ross in The New Yorker and 'one of the finest composers around' (The Guardian).
Philip's operas, 4.48 Psychosis (2016, text by Sarah Kane) and Denis & Katya (2019, text by Ted Huffman), have been performed by leading companies in London, New York City, Amsterdam, Dresden, Philadelphia, Strasbourg, Paris, Hannover and Montpellier. The operas have won numerous accolades including the Fedora Prize, an RPS Award, and an Ivor Novello Award, as well as shortlisted nominations for an Olivier Award and a Sky Arts South Bank Award. The Times described 4.48 Psychosis as 'a new kind of opera'. The New York Times described Denis & Katya as 'an intimate, haunting triumph.'
2021 saw a major focus on Philip’s work in the Festival d’Automne à Paris and Philip’s professional conducting debut with the London Sinfonietta, as well as the premiere of Answer Machine Tape, 1987 with Zubin Kanga. Philip was a MacDowell Fellow in 2017, doctoral composer in residence with the Royal Opera and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 2014 to 2016, and elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2016. Philip’s work is published by Ricordi.
2022-23 sees further performances of Answer Machine Tape, 1987 and the world premiere of Philip’s third opera, to be announced soon.