Philip Hansen

Cellos   |   Principal

Philip Hansen’s commitment to diverse musical genres, education, and community have earned him distinction as a performer and innovator in the arts. His intensely personal and colorful playing is showcased in performances from baroque to jazz and in every major work written for solo cello with orchestra. As a USA Department of State Cultural Ambassador to Russia, Phil was featured in concert halls from Moscow to the Far East. He has been guest artist-in-residence at both the Beijing and Shanghai Central Conservatories and was a long-time faculty member of the Académie Internationale Musicale in Provence, France.


Founder and Artistic Director of the Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music, Phil oversees innovative programs of classical and contemporary music. With a keen interest in leading other musicians toward a path of holistic musical growth, his retreats called Cello Zen are held annually around the world, integrating an approach to cello playing suited to the advanced professional as well as the avid amateur. His teaching encompasses the influences of his cello mentors Steven Doane, Lynn Harrell, Jürgen deLemos, and Patricia Pinkston.


Phil’s solo album of tango music, Bragatissimo, has been broadcasted around the world, including NPR-USA and the CBC. He collaborated on and composed the theme music to Charlie the Cello, a children’s book and stage production by author Deborah Nicholson that he performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Canada.