Playing and performing on the piano is one of Phil's greatest passions. Phil started playing at an age when few music teachers would even take him as a student (mostly because he couldn't even read!) let alone teach him a musical instrument. Eventually he began taking lessons from a private instructor who later pushed him to study at the nationally renowned MacPhail Center for the Arts. While at MacPhail, he accelerated and was named an Honors Composition Student, a rising artist in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press, and was even appearing on local TV programming - all before the age of 16. In high school, Phil began to play at different dinner shows and competitions and found his flare for live performance. At friends' homes, Phil would entertain for hours playing favorite radio tunes by ear as his audience would sing along. It wasn't long before Phil was being asked to play for private parties, weddings, and even for a United States Senate Campaign. He soon realized that his dream of becoming a professional musician was taking shape. Today, Phil has found harmony through his music; writing and performing whenever he can to share his flare for relaxing ambient piano in a way no musician ever has.