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Phillip StevensPhillip Stevens, violist, began his musical education in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. He later received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan studying with Yitzhak Schotten, and completed graduate work at Northwestern University under Peter Slowik. During this time, he won first prize in the Viola division of the 1994 National ASTA Music Competition, and spent numerous summers studying at the Aspen Music Festival.

At Michigan, Phillip’s chamber music career began as part of the university’s graduate string quartet. He was later a founding member of the Sheridan Chamber Players, a string-based ensemble which focused on performing new works by local composers. This group performed national radio broadcasts as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. Phillip has also performed with the Denali Ensemble, Metro State College’s Ariel Trio, and on Denver’s Friends of Chamber Music series.

Before joining the Colorado Symphony in 1996, Phillip was a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. He teaches privately in Denver and is active with many of the Colorado Symphony’s educational programs, including Up Close and Musical, Master Mentor, Petite Musique, and Once Upon a Time.

Phillip’s contributions in the award-winning Ivy Street Ensemble were a factor in the granting of the rare Chamber Music America Commissioning grant which made possible the June 25, 2013, premiere of Kenji Bunch‘s Serenade.