Player Spotlight ~ Philip Bloch, violinist, violist,
& gypsy jazz violin

Opus 456, Storioni 1790 violin, 2001

Phil Bloch, left with Ned Phoenix at Cox Violins“I love Doug’s instruments, and Doug too! I particularly love my Storioni #456, but am happy to play any of Doug’s violins any time I get a chance. Check out the Gaspar on my website, what a great violin, it sounds so much like Vassar Clements’ fiddle... I loved using it for that bluegrass concert, and am so happy it got recorded.”

Philip Bloch has been playing music for nearly half a century, primarily violin, guitar and viola. He insisted on violin lessons at age 5, starting on a 1/4-size violin. Phil grew up playing music professionally with his family, and listening to records from Jack Teagarten to Benny Goodman, Sam Hinton to Pete Seeger, and Mozart to Odetta; seeing and hearing Doc Watson was a life-changing experience at 11 years old.

Phil Bloch on stage at the Latchis Theatre with Moonlight DavisMusic study and performance continued through school: All-State Orchestra, jazz and rock bands, Summer String Camp, family farm string band, and lots of Bluegrass. Phil transcribed Stephane Grappelli's Minor Swing during high school, and continued to study composition and improvisation in College. Phil received his B.A. in Music from Yale University in 1980. He has continued to play professionally in many genres including bluegrass, gypsy jazz, orchestra and chamber music.

Phil's teaching experience includes individual and ensemble classes at the Open Music Collective, Putney School, and private instruction. He loves to teach songwriting and arrangement, jazz improvisation, and bluegrass ensemble.

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