and how about a tiny little improvised bluegrass solo with the Old Holdouts?
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 trained Suzuki teacher, registered through book 4. He works with violin and viola students in the Eanes ISD and Pflugerville ISD middle and high schools, at the Armstrong Community Music School, and elsewhere in South Austin, West Lake Hills and Round Rock. 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. Lately most of his new students have been beginners (including adult fiddlers!) and intermediate transfer students.
Phil Davidson began playing violin at the age of 6, and followed the usual path from Suzuki lessons to youth orchestra to chamber music. At Drake University he was concertmaster of the university symphony as well as a member of the Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Metro Opera orchestra. It was during his time in college that he first sought to apply his violin skills outside the classical realm, performing and recording with a local singer-songwriter and a new age composer, and even learning a bit of Hindustani music during a study abroad semester in India. Since moving to Austin in 2002, Phil's performance life has encompassed styles from classical to bluegrass to heavy metal to world music, all while teaching a full studio of violin and fiddle students. Currently Phil performs regularly throughout the US and Canada with The Invincible Czars, and around Austin with Flamenco Symphony, Muppletone, The Old Holdouts, and Chanterelle Duo. Phil's interests include supporting local businesses and musicians, cats, hot sauce, and politics.