Philip Payton, Viola

 Photo: Jim Graham

Violinist and violist Philip Payton enjoys an actively diverse career around the county and abroad. Mr Payton was a member of the New World Symphony where he was a concertmaster and principal violin under several prominent conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop and others. He was one of the first Americans to participate in the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest in the Netherlands where he was a concertmaster and has participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Currently Mr Payton performs regularly with the Sarasota Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Gotham Chamber Opera and several others. As a chamber musician, Mr Payton has been intimately involved in the formation of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, a new summer festival in Washington state, performing on both violin and viola. He plays with Chamber Dance Project, Argento Chamber Ensemble and has performed recitals in St. Croix on the Candlelight Concert Series. An active Broadway musician, he has played on Phantom of the OperaWickedSpring Awakening (on violin, viola and electric guitar), West Side StoryPorgy and Bess, and Kinky Boots and is currently the concertmaster at Hello Dolly.  He plays with the American Symphony and the American Ballet Theater. Mr Payton has also performed with a number of major performing artists including Smokey Robinson, Luciano Pavarotti, Quincy Jones, Billy Joel and several others. Mr Payton attended the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned his B.M. and M.M. respectively.