Philip Lewis, violin

philip.lewis@unt.edu / (940) 565-3755

Philip Lewis, professor of Violin and Chamber Music, at the University of North Texas, has been described as a violinist of "rare excellence-combining sensitivity, virtuosity, warmth and vitality" (Baltimore Sun). Mr. Lewis has concertized as soloist and recitalist throughout the Asia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. Mr. Lewis studied with Ivan Galamian in New York, and then Berl Senofsky at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he earned his master's degree. Mr. Lewis has won several competitions including the Young Musicians' Foundation Competition in Los Angeles, and has been the recipient of a Rockefeller Grant.

While concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic, Mr. Lewis made many solo recordings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Mr. Lewis is the former violinist of both the Smelana and Koryo Piano Trios. He has also made many appearances with the Theatre Chamber Players of Kennedy Center. He has been a soloist under such conductors as Maurice Abravanel, Lukas Foss, Anshel Brusilow, Leon Fleisher, and Maurice Handford. Mr. Lewis concertizes in many music festivals including the New American Music Festival of New York, the Aspen Music Festival, the Sitka Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Classics & Jazz, the Holland Chamber Music Society, the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the Park City (Utah) Chamber Music Festival, plus festivals in Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Mr. Lewis has been concertmaster of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra since 1980 and is a much sought after artist throughout North America. He also is the founder and director of Dallas based Chamber Music International. Philip Lewis plays a Sanctus Seraphin violin made in 1733, Venice, Italy. Many of his former students hold positions in major symphony orchestras and universities throughout the world. He has been on the College of Music faculty since 1978.

Audio

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Philip Lewis - Violin & Adam Wodnicki - Piano