Founder and Artistic Director of the Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music, Phil oversees innovative programs of classical, contemporary, and Canadian music. With a keen interest in leading other musicians toward a path of musical growth, Phil’s Cello Zen retreat programs are held in international locations, integrating an approach to cello playing suited to the advanced professional as well as the avid amateur.

The Enduring Work of Beethoven

Philip Hansen headshot with scroll of his cello covering his left eye

As we celebrate Beethoven’s 250 years, it is most interesting to explore why he has endured as one of the favourite composers of all time. In a nutshell, it is because Beethoven left us music for literally everyone to enjoy. For lovers and performers of chamber music, the string quartets are like no other. They […]

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Things Gradually Reopen in Belo Horizonte

Pink Flower From Belo Horizonte

Warm greetings from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. There has been a gradual re-opening of restaurants, bars, and most other businesses, some allowed to open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, others Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The orchestra for which I am the principal cello (Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais) has already been webcasting live chamber music for six […]

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