Piano, Keyboard Harmony
ARCT diploma - Royal Conservatory of Music
BMus - Memorial University of Newfoundland
MMus - University of Montreal
DMus - University of Montreal
Philip Roberts currently resides in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he teaches at Memorial University’s School of Music. He recently completed his Doctorate in piano performance from the University of Montreal where he studied with Marc Durand. He also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Montreal and an Honours Bachelor of Music from Memorial University, both in piano performance, as well as an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
An active performer, Dr. Roberts has been heard regularly on CBC radio, including local and national broadcasts. His solo and collaborative performances have taken him across Canada and in the U.S. and Europe, including performances with Banff Centre String Orchestra and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous awards including the International Gold Medal at the Llangollen International Musical Eistenfodd in Wales, and the Royal Bank-Debut Atlantic Award for Musical Excellence.
Dr. Roberts’ teaching career has included universities, conservatories and a high-level private studio. His students are regular participants, and prizewinners, at the local music festival. In addition to applied piano, he is also responsible for functional piano and aural skills courses at Memorial University.
Dr. Roberts’ performance duties also include serving as accompanist and vocal coach for the instrumental and vocal faculties at Memorial University, as well as being an active accompanist in the community, from private studio recitals to major public performances. His ensemble performances include orchestra, concert band, jazz band, opera, and several musical theatre productions, both in the pit orchestra and on stage.
Along with his performing and teaching, Dr. Roberts has served as piano adjudicator at music festivals across Newfoundland and Labrador, and holds the position of organist and senior choir director at St James United Church in St. John’s.