Philip Armstrong is an international composer who has lived in and visited many countries and cultures, and now resides in Vienna, Austria where he is Primary Head of School at Vienna International School.
He was born in England in 1961. He began composing at the age of 10, and studied composition with James Illiff and electronic music with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music, and composition with Peter Racine Fricker and computer music with JoAnn Kuchera Morin at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also holds an MA degree in Educational Management.
His work has consistently found influence in a spiritual philosophy that regards music creativity as a mystical force encompassing a universal reality. He has also demonstrated a conviction for using music as ritual, or as an expression of social conscience. His music spans a range of interests from computer music for tape or dance groups to orchestral, chamber and solo works for instrumentalists. His music has been performed recently by Singcircle and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group. He was selected for the spnm shortlist in 2006.
Philip Armstrong is an spnm shortlisted composer.