Classical guitarist Phil Weaver has been performing for over 30 years, in the United States and abroad. He grew up in Pensacola, Florida where he worked as a deckhand on several shrimp boats in the area. He had his first lessons in classical guitar with the late Charlie Higgins when he started college. He was the first guitarist to be awarded an individual artist's fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and is one of the few classical musicians on the Music Achievers roster at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He performed his European debut with solo concerts for the Nonsuch Guitar Society in London and the Old Malthouse Music Society in Sawbridgeworth. In addition to solo work he has performed concertos with orchestra and smaller ensembles including instrumentalists and vocalists. His collaborations with pianist Ingrid von Spakovsky include a CD on ACA Digital
that received rave reviews in Fanfare and 20th Century Guitar magazines, interviews on BBC York and Temple Public Radio, a tour of England, a New York City recital debut, and performances throughout the U.S. including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Hofstra University's prestigious International Concert Series. Their CD Consonare
has been broadcast on New York City's NPR affiliate WNYC, WABE Atlanta, and WLRH Huntsville.
With the goal of making classical music accessible to an ever-widening audience, Phil has created a series of cabaret-style concerts in collaboration with a variety of artists from dancers to visual artists to fellow musicians steeped in different musical genres. These concerts pack the house at Huntsville’s Flying Monkey Arts Center. The Alabama Film Co-op produced a DVD of one of these concerts, a concert performed with critically acclaimed blues guitarist Microwave Dave Gallaher. Recently Phil Weaver and Microwave Dave have performed the Classical-Blues Cabaret at the W.C. Handy Festival, Gorham's Bluff Institute, and at Birmingham City Stages. Their recent concert at Decatur's historic Princess Theatre was so successful they were booked for the next season before they left the building.
Phil Weaver is the founder and artistic director of the City Lights and Stars Series for Burritt Museum in Huntsville, an extremely popular outdoor concert series that presents nationally and regionally renowned artists. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he directs the guitar program.