Born in Paris in 1971, Xavier Phillips began to study the cello at the age of six. Aged fifteen he entered Philippe Muller’s studio at the Conservatoire de Paris and graduated with distinction in 1989.
Xavier Philips has been a prize-winner at several competitions. The young musician’s appearance at the Mstislav Rostropovich Competition created a tremendous impression on the maestro himself. Following that meeting, Xavier Phillips began to perfect his skills under the guidance of the famed maestro. The musician has an extensive discography and his recordings have won prizes on numerous occasions. Phillips’ discs of works by Kodály (with his brother Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian; Harmonia Mundi / Lontano), works for cello and orchestra (EMI Classics) and Sonatas of Schnittke, Shostakovich and Prokofiev (with pianist Hüseyin Sermet; Harmonia Mundi) received the Choc prize from Le Monde de la Musique magazine. The cellist has also received the Grand Prix du Disque award for his recording of chamber music by Albéric Magnard (Auvidis Valois). The disc Armenia, dedicated to Armenian music with Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian and Vahan Mardirossian (Warner Classics), received the Choc de l’année prize in 2007. Xavier Phillips devotes much of his time to teaching. For several years, he was an assistant to Roland Pidoux at the Conservatoire National de Paris, running numerous seminars and master-classes. Xavier Phillips plays a Matteo Goffriller cello from 1710.