Phil "the Violin Guy" Davidson

Phil Playing
Photo Credit: Bob Weinschenk


I play all styles of violin
Classical music for weddings and special occasions
Recording sessions
Performances with bands
Invincible Czars Flamenco Symphony The Old Holdouts Muppletone

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 512-585-9724.


You can catch me playing in David Massey's Flamenco Symphony Sundays 7-9pm at Lakeside Pizza & Grill in Steiner Ranch



Here's Chanterelle Duo's unique brand of wedding music, candidly recorded at a wedding open house

Elegant Affair at The Inn at Wild Rose Hall \\ HD Video from Nostalgia Film on Vimeo.



I'm extremely proud of the work I do with Austin band the Invincible Czars

An excerpt from our 1812 Overture recording


Here's me playing a jazz solo transcription

Vince Guaraldi's Linus and Lucy



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 Suzuki specialist, with teacher training registered through book 4. He maintains violin and viola teaching studios at his home in South Austin, at the Eanes ISD middle and high schools, and at the Armstrong Community Music School. 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.


My current projects/groups:

Invincible Czars (original silent film scores and rock arrangements of smart music)
Flamenco Symphony (guitar-based acoustic Spanish)
The Old Holdouts ("Original Austin Amerigrass")
Muppletone (progressive world jazz metal)
Chanterelle Duo (classical guitar and violin)



Other artists/organizations with whom I have recorded or performed:

Mostly Dead
Justin Sherburn's Montopolis
Eliza and the Messiah
Whiteman Dancing
Church of the Friendly Ghost
Shmu
Doug Marshall & the 103
Jason Bancroft and the Wealthy Beggars
Andy Nolte
Peter Stopschinski
Digital Antique
Golden Hornet Project
Golden Arm Trio
Opposite Day
Sweetmeat
A Life Like No Other
Polydactyl Hemingway
Louis Landry
Sam Arnold
Sea Legs
Boxcar Preachers
Bourland
Surfing Standing Still
Barrelhouse Dogs
Nathan James
Des Moines Symphony
Des Moines Metro Opera


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