DR. PHILLIP YOUNG  || Director
Office: Center for the Arts - CA202B
Phone: (626) 585-7795
Email: pdyoung@pasadena.edu

Pianist Phillip Young, hailed by the Boston Globe as a “pianist of skill and fantasy,” is a widely acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, having performed in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.   In recent seasons, he has performed in cities throughout the United States, including New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, and at international venues in Switzerland, Norway, Germany, the Czech Republic, Japan, Namibia, Cape Town, Salzburg and Paris.   He has performed in such venues as the Seattle Opera House, Tokyo’s Opera City Recital Hall, the utopian arts community, Arcosanti, Arizona and the 13th century Buddhist temple, Enkaguji, in Kamakura Japan.  He made his New York Carnegie debut with the St. Florian Piano Trio, an ensemble that has performed the complete Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart piano trios in one of Tokyo’s most prestigious recital halls, Bunkakaikan.  He has been seen and heard on broadcasts from NHK Television, Japan, Namibian National Radio, KUSC and KPFK in Los Angeles, and WGMS Washington D.C.

Equally known as a singer’s pianists, he has performed with singers associated with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and English National Opera, and as Assistant Conductor, has prepared productions for the Salzburg Festival, Opera Pacific and Los Angeles Opera.

Dr. Young is a fellowship recipient to the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Banff Centre for the Arts, the Aspen Music Festival and the Mozarteum, Salzburg, and is an alumnus of Peabody Conservatory (MM) and the University of Southern California (DMA). His teachers have included Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, Jerome Lowenthal and Lotte Lehmann’s accompanist, Gwendolyn Koldofsky. As a teacher he has been awarded the Pasadena City College Outstanding Lecture/Performance Award. His students have been accepted to such prestigious music programs at Harvard University, Eastman School of Music, University of Texas, Austin, Boston University, San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Southern California.  His piano ensemble students from Pasadena City College were prizewinners in the International Six/Eight Hand Piano Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany. He has given master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory and universities in California and Oklahoma. In addition to being head of Keyboard Studies at Pasadena City College, he teaches piano at Pomona College and has held both adjunct and guest teaching positions at Biola University Conservatory of Music, and University of California, Irvine.