Mr. John Philligin

Violin, Viola Teacher

John Philligin

SAA Member


Washington, DC
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Praised for his “rapid-fire playing and expressive vibrato”, violinist John Philligin has performed extensively throughout the East Coast as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. From performances at Strathmore Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center Opera House and Concert Hall, the Russian Cultural Center, and the Embassy of Argentina, John has performed with a number of ensembles and collaborated with artists such as flutist Carol Wincenc, tenor Juan Diego Flores, award winning Broadway actor Raul Esparza, entertainment legends Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera, and Grammy Award winning country artist, Ricky Skaggs.

John  has served as concertmaster for the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and the Eastern Symphony Orchestra, and principal second violinist for the Washington Sinfonietta. Additional roles include performing with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, the Greene County Performing Arts Series, the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, the Takoma Ensemble, and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra. 

John received his musical education from the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC and the East Carolina University School of Music in Greenville, NC. While at ECU, John was the recipient of the Mary Ruth Hardy Violin Scholarship and studied with Ara Gregorian. John’s primary teachers include Kevin Lawrence, Diana Sundsvold, and Guillermo Ayerbe.

John plays on a 2009 copy of the 1742 “Heifetz” Guarneri del Gesu violin made by luthier David L. Chrapkiewicz as well as a silver-mounted bow made by renowned American bow maker, Douglas Raguse.

John is currently accepting students in Washington, DC.