Anthony Phillips - Biography
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Phillips (b. 1951) is a composer and guitarist who is known as a prolific writer of
music for film and television as well as a recording artist. He was a
founding member of the band Genesis alongside Peter Gabriel, Mike
Rutherford and Tony Banks with whom he recorded the albums From
Genesis To Revelation and Trespass. After
leaving the group in 1970, Ant studied orchestration and harmony externally at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After passing his
LGSM exams, he taught music at Reeds School and Peper Harrow whilst
continuing to compose and record in his home studio.
Ant marked his return to the commercial music scene with the release of his debut solo album The Geese & The Ghost in 1977 and since then has created a large and diverse output as a recording artist. As well as album releases such as Wise After The Event, Slow Dance and Field Day, he has to date also released ten albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series and four volumes in the Missing Links series. Amongst other projects he collaborated with Harry Williamson on the large-scale instrumental work Tarka and he also co-wrote the stage musical Alice with Richard Scott.
Ant continues to release solo albums to critical acclaim, increasingly his
music has also been much in-demand for film and television.
Commissions have included scores for both dramas and documentaries and he
has written and recorded music for over a dozen Survival programmes
in collaboration with percussion virtuoso Joji Hirota, including the
award-winning Land of Dragons and Creatures of the Magic Water.
Ant has also established himself as one of the most prolific and successful composers of library music, with tracks from his extensive output being regularly featured on commercials, films and television series throughout the world.
His latest album releases are Seventh Heaven (a collaboration with composer and arranger Andrew Skeet) and City of Dreams, the eleventh album in the Private Parts & Pieces series. Both albums are released by Voiceprint Records.