Philippe Holmes was born in Stuttgart, Germany and grew up in Washington D.C.
He attended Georgetown and George Washington Universities. He has composed,
performed and produced music ranging from classical to hip-hop since the age of
sixteen. Having led bands on both coasts through his twenties, in 2004 he moved to
the small village of Monticello, New Mexico and immersed himself in the repertoire
of Andrès Segovia.
Most recently, he spent seven years in his mother’s native country of France, where he gave solo classical guitar recitals in churches and collaborated on projects including Romanian music and contemporary pop/rock.
Philippe’s guitar technique is informed by his early interest in blues finger-picking
and recent exposure to gypsy culture in French Catalonia. Whether interpreting
works of J.S. Bach or modern Latin American composers, he seeks the through-line
that makes a piece pertinent to listeners of all ages and interests.