Phantasm, an award-winning consort of viols, was founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus. The ensemble quickly set a new standard for consort playing internationally both in the depth of its interpretations and its commitment to flawless string technique. Winner of three Gramophone Awards and other prominent citations, the consort has travelled the world over, performing in concert series and in festivals throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Phantasm’s performances and 20 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’. Their most recent honours are the 2017 Gramophone Award for Early Music and the 2017 Diapason d’or de l’année bestowed for their recording of Dowland’s Lachrimae.
Phantasm’s members (from Britain, Finland and Germany) were consort-in- residence at the University of Oxford and Magdalen College from 2005 to 2015. In 2015 their base of artistic activities moved to Berlin, Germany.