Described by the Boston Globe as ‘one of the world’s most remarkable singers’, American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Performing an incredibly diverse repertoire that ranges from Claudio Monteverdi to Nico Muhly and beyond, Phan appears regularly with many of the leading orchestras and opera houses in the world. He has been presented in recital and chamber concerts by Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Boston’s Celebrity Series, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In 2010 he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) to promote art song and vocal chamber music, where he serves as artistic director.
In addition to his work as artistic director of CAIC, he also has curated programs for broadcast on WQXR in New York and WFMT in Chicago, and served as guest curator for projects with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Merola Opera Program, Apollo’s Fire, Laguna Beach Music Festival, and San Francisco Performances, where he served as the vocal artist-in-residence from 2014–2018.
Phan’s most recent album, Clairières, a recording of songs by Lili and Nadia Boulanger, was nominated for the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. His album, Gods and Monsters, was nominated for the same award in 2017. He is the first singer of Asian descent to be nominated in the history of the category, which has been awarded by the Recording Academy since 1959. Phan’s previous albums for Avie – Illuminations, A Painted Tale, Still Fall the Rain, and Winter Words – have all made many ‘Best of’ lists, including those of The New York Times, New Yorker, Toronto Star, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe.
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