Philip began playing the lute 20 years ago, after 15 years of painfully bad classical guitar playing. He has taken private lessons with Phil Rukvina, Ed Martin, Crawford Young, Pat O’Brien, and Paul O’Dette. He has also participated in Master classes with these and other fine lute players including Hopkinson Smith. He plays a beautiful 6 course lute made in 2017 by British luthier Malcolm Prior. In his down time when he’s not playing the lute, he teaches mathematics.