Phantasm, an award-winning consort of viols, was founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus and has become recognized as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today.
Phantasm, an award-winning consort of viols, was founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus and has become recognized as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today. The ensemble catapulted into international prominence when its debut recording of works by Henry Purcell won a Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 1997 and quickly set a new standard for consort playing internationally both in the depth of its interpretations and its commitment to flawless string technique. The winner of three Gramophone Awards and other prominent citations, the consort has travelled the world over, performing on concert series and in festivals throughout Europe and the Americas as well as Asia and the Pacific.
Phantasm’s performances and recordings have garnered steady praise with critics singling out their ‘intensity and homogeneity of tone’ and their ‘acuity to the music’s ever-active emotional flux’. In 2017 the players were honoured with both the Gramophone Award for Early Music and the Diapason d’or de l’année bestowed for their album of John Dowland’s Lachrimae (Linn CKD 527).
Phantasm was consort-in-residence at the University of Oxford and Magdalen College from 2005 to 2015. In 2015 the ensemble’s base of artistic activities moved to Berlin where members from the UK, the USA, Finland and Germany assemble to rehearse and record new repertoire.