Active: 1994 -
PHANTASM, whose founder, Laurence Dreyfus, likes to spell its name in upper-case, is a consort of viols that has been active on both sides of the Atlantic as it is half American and half European in membership.

Laurence Dreyfus, founder of PHANTASM, was born in Boston, MA, and grew up in Philadelphia. He studied cello with members of the orchestra and at the Juilliard School in New York under the great teacher Leonard Rose. In the course
Read more of musicology studies at Columbia, Dreyfus began to teach himself to play viola da gamba (the viol most closely corresponding to the cello) and later studied the instrument with Wieland Kuijken at the Brussels Conservatory, earning two diplomas there. He began performing as a gambist and recorded for Simax Records. He recorded music of Bach and Marais with harpsichordist Ketil Haugsand; they were joined by Catherine Mackintosh for Rameau's Pičces de clavecin in concert, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1994.

In that year he formed PHANTASM. Since then he has devoted most of his performing efforts to appearances as part of the group, which gained quick international recognition when its debut recording of Purcell's Fantasies for viols won the Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 1997. Meanwhile, Dreyfus continued his teaching and scholarly pursuits. His book Bach and the Patterns of Invention (Harvard University Press) won the Otto Kinkeldy Award of the American Musicological Society as the most distinguished book of 1996.

The other American in the group is Wendy Gillespie. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, the Amsterdam Conservatory, and New York University. She began an active performing career as a specialist on Baroque and Renaissance string instruments in the early 1980s in New York. Then came a period in England, where she joined Dreyfus in PHANTASM. She has toured numerous parts of the world and participated in concerts with several leading Baroque and Renaissance ensembles, including the Taverner Players, Theatre of Voices, Ensemble Sequentia, and the New York Pro Musica Antiqua. Among the string instruments she plays, she is fondest of the viol, and founded the viol ensemble Les Filles de Ste-Colombe. She is now a professor at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University at Bloomington, teaching performance practice, Renaissance notation, and early strings.

Jonathan Manson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His teachers in cello were Jane Cowan of the Cello Centre in Scotland, Steven Isserlis and David Waterman in London, and Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. It was in America that he became interested in early music so he went to Holland to study with Wieland Kuijken. In addition to being a member of PHANTASM, he is principal cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

The fourth member is the Finnish cellist and gambist Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, who studied cello with Arto Noras in Helsinki and also went to study with Wieland Kuijken when he developed an interest in playing older music. He teaches at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and is an active chamber musician. He won a Finnish national award for excellence for a 1994 recording of music of Marais. Read less
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  • 1.
    Ward: Fantasie & Verse Anthems / Phantasm
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 427 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm,  Magdalen College Choir Oxford
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    Avie Records - 10th Anniversary
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2265 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Enescu,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Monica Huggett,  Gonzalo Ruiz,  Luiza Borac,  Charles Owen  ... 
    Conductor:  Monica Huggett,  Harry Bicket,  Imogen Cooper,  Vasily Petrenko  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Sonnerie,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    Four Temperaments / Phantasm
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2054 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  Robert Parsons,  William Byrd,  Alfonso Ferrabosco
    Performer:  Asako Morikawa,  Emilia Benjamin,  Jonathan Manson,  Wendy Gillespie  ... 
    Conductor:  Laurence Dreyfus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
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    Lawes: Consorts In Six Parts / Phantasm
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 17498 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Lawes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
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  • 5.
    Byrd Song / Mcgreevy, Partridge, Phantasm
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1191 Release Date: 02/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Performer:  Ian Partridge,  Geraldine McGreevy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
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    J. S. Bach: Art Of The Fugue;  Mozart / Phantasm
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1135 Release Date: 08/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wendy Gillespie,  Jonathan Marson,  Markku Luolajan-Mikkola,  Laurence Dreyfus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
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    Still Music Of The Spheres - Byrd, Mico / Phantasm
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1143 Release Date: 10/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Richard Mico
    Performer:  Alison McGillivray,  Martha McGaughey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
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    Purcell: Complete Fantasies For Viols / Phantasm
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1124 Release Date: 05/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Jonathan Manson,  Wendy Gillespie,  Laurence Dreyfus,  Markku Luolajan-Mikkola  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
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