Nicholas Phan launched his 2019–20 season in Chicago, curating Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s eighth annual Collaborative Arts Festival. Other season highlights include his debut in the title role of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; debuts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony; and the world premiere of Antoine Plante’s arrangement of Schubert’s Winterreise for full orchestra. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009 and has returned numerous times since.
In January 2020, Mr. Phan will curate and perform in Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s Emerging Voices, a series of concerts and panel discussions celebrating Paris and the role of art song as a medium for understanding identity and forging connections during times of social, political, and cultural change. He will also give the world premieres of two new song cycles: one by Nico Muhly commissioned for the Emerging Voices project, and one by Gabriel Kahane commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of San Francisco Performances.
Mr. Phan will release his sixth solo album in January 2020, a recording of songs by Lili and Nadia Boulanger. His solo album Gods and Monsters was nominated for the 2017 Grammy award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album. His other previous solo albums, Illuminations, A Painted Tale, Still Falls the Rain, and Winter Words, were released to critical acclaim.