Praised for making his "exquisite" music ". . .practically dance off the stage," cellist Philip Sheegog is a dynamic collaborative artist who maneuvers within a diverse array of musical personas with ease.
Drawing from roots influenced by a myriad of musical styles, Mr. Sheegog has been sought out for projects from all ends of the musical spectrum, from The Juilliard School’s contemporary ensemble, AXIOM, to The MET Breur’s first commissioned sound-based installation — Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra. A passionate advocate for collaboration and commissioning, Mr. Sheegog has premiered over seventy new works by living artists from choreographer John Heginbotham to film composer Christopher Gunning. Projects have led him to work with groups such as the New York hip-hop/classical collective ShoutHouse, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Steve Miller Rock Band. Mr. Sheegog holds his B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School where he served as co-principal cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra and was an inaugural member of the institution’s Honors Chamber Music program. Current developments include Global Perspectives — an educational program designed to invite performing artists to approach global citizenship through their art — and a genre-bending violin-cello duo, ARKAI, recipients of Chamber Music America's inaugural Ensemble Forward Grant.
In addition to this kaleidoscope of artistic roles, Mr. Sheegog has been equally acclaimed as a classical musician. Mr. Sheegog received his B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the 2017 John Erskine Prize for exceptional scholastic and artistic achievement as well as the Norman Benzaquen Career Advancement Grant. Mr. Sheegog served as co-principal cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra and, as a leading member of this ensemble, performed under the batons of conductors such as Thomas Adès, Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, Larry Rachleff, Speranza Scappucci, and David Zinman. Mr. Sheegog has also served as co-principal cellist of the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the conductor-less Juilliard Chamber Orchestra
As a chamber musician, Mr. Sheegog was an inaugural member of the Juilliard School’s Honors Chamber Music program as cellist of the Kroma Piano Trio, working with David Finckel, Robert Levin, Joseph Lin, and Jerome Lowenthal, performing at venues such as Alice Tully Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The trio is now featured on The Juilliard School’s "Life After Juilliard" video series. A three-time fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mr. Sheegog was invited as cellist of the newly-formed Caladium Quartet to perform at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Art Museum and the 13th Annual Opera Benefit.
Beyond these facets of musicianship, Mr. Sheegog also seeks to be an “artist as citizen” who encourages, empowers and shares with the world around him. As a home-schooled eighth grader, Mr. Sheegog became heavily involved with Pacific Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement initiatives, such as arts-X-press and Family Musical Mornings, sparking a lifelong commitment to artistic generosity. In high school, Mr. Sheegog was invited to perform for a fundraising gala for the King Hussein Foundation in association with the University of California, Irvine’s Living Peace Series, representing the power of the arts and young people. With the Salvation Army’s Tustin Ranch Corps, Mr. Sheegog regularly helped lead groups of student performers at homeless shelters and other community engagement programs. As a student of The Juilliard School, Mr. Sheegog has performed for Weill Cornell’s Music and Medicine concert series, launched innovative projects over two years on the Juilliard Student Council, inspired a new generation of student leaders through the Juilliard Leadership Program and fostered thriving community as Residence Life staff member.