Philip Alexander Carr

Title: Pianist, Teacher, Composer
Location: Freehold, New Jersey, United States

Philip Alexander Carr, Pianist, Teacher and Composer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music performance and education.

Mr. Carr’s introduction to the piano was born from childhood curiosity, as he ventured into his family’s restricted front room, ran his fingers over the black keys and discovered that he could create a beautiful sound. He continued to experiment with the piano and found he was blessed with a musical ear, as he could play the Beatles’ tune “Yellow Submarine” and others before the age of four. Mr. Carr’s mother eventually provided him with piano lessons and he found additional inspiration on the keyboard from his school music teacher Mr. David Easton. Mr. Carr persuaded his parents to purchase his own electronic keyboard, leading him to play for dancing venues in his seaside town and taking on the role of the town pianist. Mr. Carr later went on to study at the Birmingham School of Music in his native England, now known as the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he earned an academic certification in music and a teaching diploma with honors.

Upon obtaining his degree, Mr. Carr taught music at Chichester Boy’s High School in West Sussex, England for four years. He realized that the role was not perfectly fit for him and he sought his big break elsewhere. To his surprise, Mr. Carr discovered an advertisement in the Stage and Television Today newspaper for a job on, what was then, “The World’s Largest Cruise Ship” the SS Norway, playing piano on board for Caribbean Cruises. Similarly, he was afforded the opportunities to serve as a pianist on Crystal Cruises and as the musical director for Cunard Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines and Holland America Cruise Lines. Mr. Carr was also the musical director for the “Little Shop of Horrors” national tour and held various local theater jobs in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Having traveled the world as a pianist, he was able to perform with various celebrities, as well as teach and write music of many styles.

Reflecting on his illustrious career, Mr. Carr is particularly fond of being on a film set with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith for the movie “Shining Through.” In addition, he was grateful to be honored as Steinway Teacher of the Year in 2019. Attributing his success to persistence and dedication, Mr. Carr’s advice to aspiring musicians and performers is to work hard, do your best and enjoy every situation. His motto is, “You don’t find music, music finds you.” Presently, he is the concert chair of the Shore Music Education Association and is a volunteer with Rescue Ridge, a no-kill animal shelter. Looking ahead, Mr. Carr hopes to achieve his many dreams, which include writing an instrumental piece and having it performed, writing the music for a major movie score and meeting Clint Eastwood.

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