Nicholas Phan performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies in repertory ranging from Monteverdi to Nico Muhly and beyond. He is an avid recitalist and a passionate advocate for art song and vocal chamber music; in 2010, he co-founded Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), an organization devoted to promoting this underserved artform. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009.
Mr. Phan lauches the 2018-19 season in Chicago, curating CAIC’s seventh annual Collaborative Arts Festival. Other highlights of the current season are two role debuts: Eumolpus in the present performances of Stravinsky’s Perséphone, with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony; and the title role in Handel’s Jephtha, with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman. He makes his debut in Israel in the title role in Bernstein’s Candide, with Marin Alsop and the Israel Philharmonic, and returns to major orchestras across the US including those of Chicago, Dallas, Saint Louis, and Cincinnati. In November he sings the first of many outings of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin this season, as he gives the world premiere of Antoine Plante’s arrangement of the cycle for full orchestra, with the Houston-based orchestra Mercury. Mr. Phan will be heard on two forthcoming albums: Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony on SFS Media, and Handel’s Joseph and His Brethren with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque.
Mr. Phan's most recent solo album, Illuminations, was released on Avie Records in April 2018. His previous solo album, Gods and Monsters, was nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album. His other solo albums include A Painted Tale, Still Falls the Rain, and Winter Words. His growing discography also includes a Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky's Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony, the opera L'Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Scarlatti's La gloria di primavera with Philharmonia Baroque, an album of Bach’s secular cantatas with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan, Bach's Saint John Passion (in which he sings both the Evangelist and the tenor arias) with Apollo's Fire, and the world premiere recordings of two orchestral song cycles: The Old Burying Ground by Evan Chambers and Elliott Carter's A Sunbeam's Architecture.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Phan also studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.