Anthony Phillips was born in Oxford, U.K. He holds an M.A. in Modern Languages from Oxford University and a Civil Service Commission as Interpreter in Russian, the latter resulting from intensive training in the language as part of National Service.
Russian language, literature and music has played a significant part throughout his 40-year career in art and music administration, mainly in the United Kingdom but also between 1977 and 1981 as Executive Director of the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas. A highlight of his responsibilities in the 1960s and 1970s was the privilege of accompanying Sviatoslav Richter on several of his tours of the United Kingdom, and the artist's second US tour in 1965. From 1960 until 1986 he worked primarily in the public sector, in the fields of festival direction, artist management, national arts sponsorship and funding agencies , concert hall and arts centre management, rising to become General Manager of London's Royal Festival Hall and South Bank Centre. Leaving this post in 1986 he joined a commercial impresario firm specialising in the presentation of major Russian opera and ballet companies in London's Royal Opera House and Coliseum, and leading venues in the USA including Lincoln Center, Kennedy Centre, Wolf Trap, Boston's Wang Center, Los Angeles' The Shrine, etc.
For the past decade Anthony Phillips has concentrated on writing and translating, with volumes published by imprints such as Faber & Faber/Cornell U. P. (three volumes of the diaries of Sergey Prokofiev), Penguin (Anton Chekhov: A Life in Letters). Soon to be published (by Gollancz) is his translation of Victor Pelevin's dystopian science fiction novel Empire V. A biographical memoir of Sviatoslav Richter in collaboration with Walter Moskalew is work in progress.
Anthony Phillips is married to the Russian-Armenian cellist Karine Georgian, Gold Medal winner of the Third International Tchaikovsky Competition. They live in London and Scotland.