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Meet Philip

ImagePhilip’s latest career adventure was in New York as Associate Conductor for the Broadway musical, “Rocky” produced by Sylvester Stallone where he received the inaugural “Ghostlight Award” as Best Musician on Broadway. He was also featured as the hand and body double for Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Michael Douglas’ portrayal of Liberace in the HBO Films biopic, “Behind The Candelabra.”  

As a versatile artist whose styles encompass a wide range of musical genres, Philip Fortenberry is a performer with an equally expansive career.  A native of Columbia, Mississippi, Philip began playing the piano at the age of four and by seven was the accompanist for his church.  Philip performed his first solo concert when he was twelve while continuing his work as a church pianist and organist throughout high school and college until he left the south and moved to New York City.  

Philip continued his piano studies as a private student of Myoko Lotto at The Juilliard School.  He holds a Master of Music degree in classical piano performance from New Jersey City University and was an adjunct faculty member in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.  Philip was a 2004 recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  

Early in his career in New York, Philip became the musical director and on-stage pianist for the long-running off-Broadway satirical revue, Forbidden Broadway.  He was also the musical supervisor for the West End version of the show in London.  Philip has also played for many Broadway productions and national tours including such shows as Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever, Ragtime, Seussical--The Musical, Sideshow, and The Lion King.