Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips have a long-standing musical partnership, having met as students of Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music in 1994. During their time with him they won 1st prize at the 1997 International Schubert Competition in the Czech Republic, 2nd prize at the 1998 Tokyo International Piano Duo Competition and the 1999 Royal Over-Seas League Rio Tinto Ensemble Prize. The Duo was subsequently selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust and their contribution to the profession was recognised through a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2004.
Together they have performed and broadcast internationally, and at all the major UK festivals and venues; they made their Proms debut in 2001. They have given world premieres of Detlev Glanert’s Concerto for Two Pianos (with BBCSSO/Martyn Brabbins) and, at the 2009 BBC Proms, Anna Meredith’s Concerto for Two Pianos (with Britten Sinfonia/Ludovic Morlot). On the same day they gave a BBC Promenade performance of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Colin Currie and Sam Walton. In 2012 they made their début with the Hallé, under Edward Gardner. In 2014 they premiered Steve Reich’s Quartet for two pianos and two vibraphones at the Southbank, Carnegie Hall NY (listed as one of “The Ten Best Classical Performances of 2014″ by New York Magazine), Kölner Philharmonie, Cité de la musique Paris, and other major international venues.
Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips are Steinway Artists and Associates of the Royal Academy of Music.