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Phil Robson

Professorial Staff - Jazz Guitar


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Phil Robson


Phil Robson is a guitarist/composer based in London, UK. He is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative player who appears in all kinds of diverse settings. Born in Derby in 1970 Phil had already enjoyed music from the age of 14 onwards and rapidly became part of the house rhythm section in the local club with such visiting musicians as John Etheridge and Bheki Mseleku as well as with his clarinettist father, Trevor Robson. As band leader, Phil has received commissions for his octet from Birmingham Jazz and Derby Jazz. Phil co-leads Partisans with Julian Siegel (sax, bass clarinet) featuring Gene Calderazzo – drums and Thad Kelly – bass. Partisans was formed around gigs in London’s Vortex jazz club in 1996 and are considered one of the most important bands in the new jazz scene in Europe. They have recorded 3 CDs including the second Sourpuss on Babel with the bands latest , Max nominated for the album of the year in the 2006 BBC Jazz awards and for Best Ensemble in the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Phil is also a member of the Liam Noble quartet with pianist Liam, drummer Tom Rainey, bassist Drew Gress. Alec Dankworth Trio with Alec – bass, Julian Arguelles – sax; Gerard Presencer Quartet and the BBC Big Band.

Qualifications And Background

Guildhall School of Music

Qualifications/Educational Background

Guildhall School of Music

Creative Outputs

  • Sourpuss (with Partisans)
  • 2002 – Impish
  • 2003 – Screenwash
  • 2005 – Max
  • 2008 – Six Strings and the Beat (Babel)


  • BT ‘Best Soloist of the Year’ Award
  • Perrier Young Jazz award for the best instrumentalist, 1998