Philip Kettler


Philip Kettler

(he/him/his) J. Philip Kettler was recently appointed as the Second Cellist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, making him the organization’s youngest member. As an orchestral musician, he has also performed with the Sarasota Orchestra and serves as the Associate Principal Cellist of the Terre Haute Symphony and Assistant Principal Cellist of the Carmel Symphony.

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Second Cello, 2019-present
Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra
Associate Principal Cello, 2018-present
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
Section Cello, 2017-present
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
MM, DM candidate, 2017-present
Aspen Music Festival and School
Orchestra Fellowship, 2015, 2018
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Faculty Recital - ...
Babajanian Piano Trio

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 6-Mar-21

Piazzolla Centenary
Music of Piazzolla, Gin...

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, 15-May-21

Classical Mystery ...
Music of The Beatles

Carmel Symphony Orchestra, 8-May-21

Di Wu Plays Rach 2
Music of Rachmaninoff a...

Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, 1-May-21

Classic American
Music of Barber, Diamon...

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, 24-Apr-21

The Thrill of the ...
Music of Tchaikovsky, C...

Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, 10-Apr-21

Fritz Lang's Metro...
Live Movie Score

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, 20-Mar-21

Scottish Fantasies
Music of Davies, Mozart...

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, 13-Mar-21

Doctoral Solo Reci...
Music of Bach and Kodaly

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 26-Feb-21

Happy Birthday Moz...
Music of Mozart and Ibe...

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, 30-Jan-21


In recent seasons, Philip has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician with the Chevy Chase Concert Series (Washington, DC), Blair Concert Series (Nashville, TN), Concerts at Bradley Hills (Bethesda, MD), and Chamber Music Evergreen (Evergreen, CO). He has been a top prize winner in the Washington Performing Arts Society Feder Memorial String Competition and US Army Orchestra Concerto Competition. Philip has performed in master classes for Johannes Moser, Alisa Weilerstein, Zuill Bailey, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. In addition to his orchestral work, Philip is a member of the Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra at Ocean Way Studios, where he has performed as a recording artist for studios including Microsoft, Sony, EA Games, EMI, Netflix, FX, Bungie, and many more. Philip was a member of the 2016 National Repertory Orchestra and has been a fellowship performer at the summer music festivals of Aspen, Bowdoin, and Aix-en-Provence (France). Philip is also a passionate performer of early music and has concertized professionally on the baroque cello and viola da gamba. He is a member of Indiana University’s Concentus Renaissance Ensemble and was most recently featured as a guest artist in the 2019 Vanderbilt University baroque faculty recital. He is looking forward to performing as part of the 2021 Bloomington Early Music Festival. Philip is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he also earned his Masters degree in 2019. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University and also completed studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His principal cello teachers include Eric Kim, Felix Wang, Dmitry Ferschtman, and Peter Howard, and his principal gamba teacher is Joanna Blendulf.