Phillips Music

A Phillips Tradition Since 1941

Phillips Music This summer


Visit our Instagram and Facebook for lots of fun facts about the history of The Phillips Collection's world renowned music program, interviews with Phillips Director of Music Jeremy Ney, new music-focused blog posts in The Experiment Station, a new digital offering from the acclaimed Castle of Our Skins, and a series of interviews between contemporary composer and pianist Aaron Diehl, with his peers in art and music: photogapher Frank Stewart, Grammy-award winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, and multi-instrumentalist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey.

Stay tuned for more information about our 80th Anniversary Season, which will begin in January 2021. 


Director of Music Jeremy Ney on the history of Phillips Music


Pianist Aaron Diehl sits down across the (digital) table to discuss the intersection and impact of music on the photography career of Frank Stewart.


Pianist Aaron Diehl sits down across the (digital) table with Cécile McLorin Salvant to discuss music, art, inspiration, and life as an artist during a pandemic.


Pianist Aaron Diehl sits down across the (digital) table with Tyshawn Sorey to discuss music, art, inspiration, and life as an artist during a pandemic.

quartet for the end of time


Watch Quartet for the End of Time

A music documentary about Olivier Messiaen’s transcendent masterpiece, that he composed in a World War II prison camp, and debuted there on January 15, 1941. This film was completed on the 75th Anniversary of that historic premiere, and features “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Ensemble performing in rehearsal and at The Phillips Collection. Created by H. Paul Moon.

The art of piano restoration


Watch Sitka: A Piano Documentary

Some of the world's leading pianists have played The Phillips Collection's Steinway Concert D 542016, but they started hearing something wrong with it: the soundboard. This half-hour documentary—named for the spruce wood that replaced the soundboard—tells the story of tearing the piano apart and bringing it back to life. Along the way, we learn how a piano works and witness the consummate art of restoration by PianoCraft. Rising international star Olivier Cavé puts it to the test in this cinematic music documentary by filmmaker H. Paul Moon.