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Robert Phillips directs the guitar department at the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.  He is also an adjunct professor at Southeastern University, where he maintains a classical guitar studio and directs the classical guitar ensemble.  With nearly 40 years of teaching experience, Dr. Phillips’ former students have been admitted to Manhattan School of Music, Florida State University, the University of Miami, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Belmont University, Brooklyn College, Hofstra University, and Yale University. His students have won numerous competitions including the UT Brownsville Guitar Ensemble competition, the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition in Columbia SC, and the GFA Ensemble Showcase.

Since making his solo guitar debut to a sold-out Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Dr. Phillips has performed in a diverse range of venues – from traditional concert halls, including New York’s prestigious Town Hall and Lincoln Center, to jazz nightclubs.  He has appeared as a guest soloist with numerous orchestras and as a guest artist at the Miami International Guitar Festival, the Guitar Foundation of America, and the American String Teachers’ Association, as well as many regional level performing arts series.

Phillips’ most recent recording, Lo Mestre, The Music of Miguel Llobet,  is available on Centaur Records.  His newest project is the commissioning of new solo pieces for classical guitar by Jorge Morel, Benoit Glazer, Charles Griffin, Troy Gifford, Howard Buss, and Rex Willis.

Dr. Phillips is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Hofstra University’s George M. Estabrook Alumni Association, and of a Japan Fulbright.

…a dynamic performer who breathes life into the music he approaches…Phillips exploits the music’s physical vigor with virtuosic playing and a perfect sense of timing.” -Guitar Extra