Guitarist Philip Hii has performed in the United States, Mexico, Germany, and New Zealand. His Bach CD received high praise from critics in Germany, England, Japan and the US. It was chosen as one of Guitar Player Magazine’s picks of the month which says, “His passionate rubato and penetrating tone contribute to a thrilling performance.” The Washington Post calls the CD “exciting” and “dazzling.” and Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls him “the Heifetz of the classical guitar.”
Philip Hii started the guitar at age ten. After winning a national competition in Malaysia, he left for New Zealand to study law. Hii won the New Zealand National Cup and appeared on national television. He furthered his studies in England and Germany before coming to the United States in 1983. Philip Hii holds a B. Mus degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand as well as a jazz arranging diploma from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas.
Philip Hii has published articles in Soundboard, Guitar International, Gitarre und Laute, and American String Teacher and is a former Guitar Forum Editor for the AST. Six of his Bach transcriptions have been published by Guitar Solo Publications. His second CD, Stream of Consciousness, is a compilation of originals arranged for solo guitar and synthesizers. In 2004, he released his third CD, a compilation of eleven Chopin nocturnes transcribed for guitar. His most recent project is a series of books called The Art of Virtuosity.