Philip Bergman is currently a cellist and Civic Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Philip was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, where he began studying cello at the age of five. Philip’s teachers during his time in Iowa City were Betsy Hawtrey, Cora Kuyvenhoven, Amos Yang (San Francisco Symphony), and Hannah Holman (Quad Cities Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra).
Philip graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with highest honors in 2012 where he studied with Brandon Vamos of the Pacifica String Quartet. He also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Paul Collins Distinguished Fellow. Philip studied with Uri Vardi while at UW and completed his master’s degree in 2014. From 2014 to 2017 Philip was a Core Member and Vorspieler for the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra where he worked with a variety of conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Daniel Harding, and Yan Pascal Tortelier.
In 2019 with support from the Negaunee Music Institute, Philip created and organized Chicago Speaks, Chicago Listens, an event that paired remarks from community leaders with music performed by musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
With a passion for teaching, Philip has served on the faculties of the Des Moines Symphony Academy, the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival, and the Corridor Chamber Music Festival. He is also an avid chamber musician who has collaborated on performances with Yo-Yo Ma, David Perry, and Jennifer Gilbert among many others.
Philip Bergman’s Civic Fellowship is sponsored by an anonymous donor.