Phil Playing
Photo Credit: Bob Weinschenk

I play all styles of violin for all sorts of occasions:
Classical music for weddings and special occasions-
Guitar and Violin
String Quartets, Trios, Duets, Solo Violin
Recording sessions
Performances with bands

Click here for my Suzuki violin teaching studio web page
If you're interested in private violin lessons at one of my South Austin studio locations, please call me at 585-9724.

Click here to listen to tracks from my most popular CD appearance, The Invincible Czars' Nutcracker Suite

I played over 100 performances last year, mostly with classical ensembles at weddings and private parties, or in rock clubs late at night.
My MySpace page usually has the current run-down. Or check the links to my groups below.

Phil Davidson is an active violin teacher and performer in Austin, TX. He received his B.A. in Music from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a Suzuki specialist, with teacher training registered through book 4. He maintains Suzuki violin and viola teaching studios at his home in South Austin and at the Armstrong Community Music School of the Austin Lyric Opera. Phil's teaching emphasizes development of functional instrumental abilities, including playing by ear, good practice habits, critical thinking, theory, history, observation and listening to a wide variety of music. He particularly enjoys teaching young beginners. Lately most of his new students have been adult beginners or kids ages 4-8.

Beyond his primary focus of being a professional music educator, Phil performs over 100 times a year in the Austin area. A former member of the Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, he also was concertmaster of the Drake Symphony Orchestra. Since moving to Austin in 2002, Phil has decided to focus on chamber music of all sorts. Phil plays everything from Dowland to Piazzolla with classical guitarist Sean Behrens in the Chanterelle Duo, performs the rock-and-roll Nutcracker and more with the Invincible Czars, is in the rock band Mostly Dead and the bluegrass band The Old Holdouts. Phil's interests include supporting local businesses and musicians, vegetarianism, and progressive politics.

My current projects/groups:

Invincible Czars (rock arrangements of smart music)
Mostly Dead (alternative - "like Muse on Broadway")
The Old Holdouts ("Original Austin Amerigrass")
Chanterelle Duo (classical guitar and violin)
Quartetto Lirico (classical string quartets and trios)

Other Austin bands I have sat in with:

Sea Legs
Boxcar Preachers
Golden Arm Trio
Surfing Standing Still

My former projects/ensembles:

Muppletone (progressive world jazz metal)
Barrelhouse Dogs (acoustic Texas country)
Lucretia Strings (classical string quartets and trios)
Nathan James
Des Moines Symphony
Des Moines Metro Opera

Austin, TX bands that I'm proud to link to:

Graham Reynolds
Golden Hornet Project
Bee vs. Moth
Opposite Day
Sam Arnold
Muchos Backflips!
The Jazzus Lizard
Lick Lick
Red X Red M
Attic Ted
Oh, Beast!
Tia Carrera
The Black Irish
Explosions in the Sky
My Education
Oliver Rajamani
Groovin' Ground
Erik Hokkanen
Warren Hood
Michael Fracasso