Growing up in Glasgow, Philip demonstrated an exceptional talent as a virtuoso pianist. By the age of 18 he had already mastered an impressive repertoire, including the third concertos of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, which he successfully performed in a number of concerts.
Philip went on to study at the Chetham's College of music. His talent and academic abilities earned him a place on the prestigious and demanding 'joint course' at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music. With his ambitions set on building a career as a solo performer, the course provided an excellent platform from which he could develop his true potential.
How the Award Helped
Philip's Dewar Award supported him in accepting his place on the 'joint course' at Manchester University and the RNCM.