Originally trained as a cellist, he worked extensively with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in the Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique and with Claudio Abbado, first as a founding member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and at the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and later as his assistant and as a guest conductor of his Orchestra Mozart. Both conductors have been an important inspiration to him and have had a strong influence on his musical development.
After a series of successful guest appearances with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra spanning over the last five years, he has been appointed as their Principal Guest Conductor from the start of the 2019/20 Season.
Philipp has collaborated with many leading instrumental soloists and singers, including Camilla Tilling, Dorothea Röschmann, Isabelle Faust, Guy Braunstein, Daniel Müller-Schott, Fazil Say, Sara Mingardo, Andrew Staples, Mia Person, Hanno Müller Brachmann, Peter Harvey and Boris Belkin.
Recent highlights include debuts with the Gürzenich and Scottish Chamber orchestras and engagements with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, New Japan Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted critically acclaimed productions of Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Gounod’s La Colombe at the Chigiana in Siena, Haendel’s Giulio Cesare at the Conservatoire de Paris, and Die Csárdásfürstin at the Teatro Comunale in Bolzano.
His discography includes recordings of Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation (nominated for International Classic Music Award 2015), Bruckner’s Symphony N.1, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and a CD featuring arias by Mozart and Gluck with soprano Camilla Tilling.