Philip Capuzzi

Philip Capuzzi

Location:

Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Doral, Kendall, South Miami, North Miami, West Miami, Hialeah, Glenvar Heights,

Instrument: 

Cello, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Piano

Background: 

Philip has been playing cello for now fifteen years and bass for ten. He hails originally from New Jersey and studied with cellist Gerall Hieser and bassist Andy McKee before travelling to Miami to study with Ross Harbaugh and Charles Bergeron at the Frost School of Music. His depth of musical experience and knowledge from classical, to jazz, to folk, to pop and much more, helps him to teach in a fun and engaging way while still maintaining focus on the necessary fundamentals.

He has been teaching cello and bass for five years and has had students from all different backgrounds. He has taught at several classical and jazz schools, most notably Jazz House Kids, where he worked closely with masters like Christian McBride, Michele Rosewoman, Lovett Hines, and Bruce Williams.

He is currently the General Manager of WVUM 90.5fm, and hosts a Jazz radio show (The Pocket, Sundays 6-8pm) , as well as a Latin Jazz show on WDNA 88.9fm (Latin Jazz Quarter, Thursdays 12-3pm). He has interviewed legendary artists like Maria Schneider, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Michael League, and John Daversa, and has learned so much from those conversations that he can apply to his teaching.

Started Music Career: 

Fun fact: Philip started first on violin at age four, but wanted to be able to sit during his lessons, so he switched to cello (haha!). When he was seven, he heard Body and Soul by Coleman Hawkins on WBGO 88.3fm and was instantly entranced by jazz. He played jazz cello for a few years before picking up the upright and electric bass before high school.

Education: 

Philip is in his last semester pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Studio Music & Jazz at The Frost School of Music.

Area of Focus: 

Classical, Jazz, Folk, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Practice Skills

Favorite Aspect of Teaching: 

Philip loves to strike a balance between respect and compassion in his teaching such that his students grow in their love of music and understanding of the value of hard work and dedication.

Performance: 

Philip performed with the Frost Symphony Orchestra from 2017-2019 and is a current member of the XJB Big Band at Frost. He travelled to Cuba with the CAYO program in 2019 to play alongside both American and Cuban peers in a symphony orchestra. More recently, he joined a contemporary chamber group, Everwild, in the spring of 2020. He has also taken a strong liking towards composition as of late, writing and arranging for small and medium groups.