John H. Philligin

Freelance Violinist &
                         Private Instructor


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 performing at the Embassy of Argentina, Strathmore Concert Hall, and the Kennedy Center Opera House and Concert Hall, John has performed with a number of ensembles and collaborated with artists such as flutist Carol Wincenc, violinists Elina Vahala and Ittai Shapiro, tenor Juan Diego Flores, award winning Broadway actor Raul Esparza, entertainment legends Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera, and Grammy Award winning country legend, Ricky Skaggs.

John currently serves as the principal second-violinist with the Washington Sinfonietta, and performs regularly with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra, In addition to regular freelance work throughout the Washington, DC metro area. As a performer, John has served Concertmaster, Assistant Concertmaster, and Principle Second Violin positions. John has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Greene County Performing Arts Series, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, and the Takoma Ensemble.

When not performing in the area, John manages his own private studio of violin students, as well as serving on the faculty of the Levine School of Music teaching Suzuki Violin. As a teacher, John taught on the faculty of the East Carolina University String Project for three years while in North Carolina. While teaching in the String Project, John taught private violin and viola lessons to elementary through middle school aged students. John was also the conductor for the advanced orchestra ensembles. In addition to teaching at ECU, John also maintained a small private studio while following a busy practice and rehearsal schedule as a student. John is also registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in Books 1-10 having studied with renowned pedagogue, Joanne Bath.

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 has received additional instruction through lessons with Ittai Shapira, Hagai Shaham, Jennifer Koh, Felicia Moye, Elina Vahala and Yehonatan Berick. John has a strong chamber music background having studied with Melissa Reardon, Jorge Richter, Emmanuel Gruber, Keiko Sekino, Eric Larson, Sheila Browne, and Joseph Genualdi.

While in Washington, DC, John completed his Master’s Degree in Non-profit Arts Management from American University. John currently works for Children’s National Health System doing principal-gift fundraising for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Washington Sinfonietta, and provides fundraising oversight for small-arts organizations in the area.

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.