Leading International Composers

Phillips Music


In 2009, European embassies in Washington, DC, and The Phillips Collection joined forces to create an unprecedented concert series: Leading European Composers. Presenting some of the greatest living composers of our time, this series is unique in that the featured composer designs a program of their works with performers they select. In 2015/16 season, Phillips Music broadened its scope to create Leading International Composers, infusing the series with comprehensive views on the state of new music beyond geographical borders. 

Hans Abrahamsen (Denmark)
Dušan Bavdek (Slovakia)
Avner Dorman (Israel)
José Luis Greco (Spain)
Anders Hillborg (Sweden)
Olli Kortekangas (Finland)
Tristan Murail (France)
Arvo Pärt (Estonia)
Matthias Pintscher (Germany)
Kaija Saariaho (Finland)
Miroslav Srnka (Czechoslovakia)
Anna Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland)
Erkki-Sven Tüür (Estonia)
Michel van der Aa (The Netherlands)
Pēteris Vasks (Latvia)
Zhou Long (People's Republic of China)

Concerts are held in The Phillips Collection’s 150-seat Music Room, followed by Coda Sessions, giving audience members a chance to ask questions and converse with these important voices in contemporary music.

Each composer spends time with students and faculty of the University of Maryland’s School of Music at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park to give fresh insight into their work or hold master classes.

During the 2017/18 season, The Phillips Collection presents Fazıl Say of Turkey: 

Fazıl Say, Turkey
March 15, 2018
Fazıl Say is not only a virtuosic pianist but also a prolific composer. Say won the Young Concert Artists international competition in New York in 1994. Since then he has played with renowned American and European orchestras and numerous leading conductors, building a repertoire ranging from the Viennese Classics and the Romantics to contemporary music. Fazıl Say’s interests include improvisation, jazz, and a passion for Mozart, all of which are reflected in his compositions. So, too, is his interest in Turkish folklore and literature. His output ranges from large-scale orchestral works, as well as a variety of music for chamber ensemble and large-scale vocal works. Performers for this concert include University of Maryland School of Music faculty and students.

Performances begin promptly at 6 pm unless otherwise noted. General admission seating is first-come, first-served beginning 45 minutes prior to concert start time. Tickets are $40, $20 for members and students with ID; museum admission for that day is included. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.