- B.M., Eastman School of Music
- M.M., Baylor University
Philip Johnson began learning violin at the age of 10, studying with symphony players in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music degree in violin performance and literature from Baylor University. His summer studies were at the Meadowmount School of Music, Quartet Program, and Tanglewood Music Institute, and he has coached with concertmasters of eight major orchestras.
Since joining the San Antonio Symphony in 1983, he has been an active performer throughout San Antonio and South Texas. He was Concertmaster of the Mid-Texas Symphony for six years, and from 2004-07 he served as Operations Manager for Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. Since 2009, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at St. Mary’s University, and was founding director of the St. Mary’s University Orchestra. He serves as Concertmaster of the Symphony of the Hills in Kerrville, and is active with local freelance playing, sectional rehearsals at area high schools, and private teaching.