The Malayian guitarist, Philip Hii, started playing the guitar at age ten. After winning a national competition in Malaysia, he left for New Zealand to study law. He won the New Zealand National Cup and appeared on national television. He furthered his studies in England and Germany before coming to the USA in 1983. He holds a B. Mus degree from Victoria University of Wellington as well as a jazz arranging diploma from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas. Additional studies include a year of composition studies with Günther Becker at the Robert Schumann Institut in Düsseldorf, Germany in the early 1980's.
Philip Hii has performed extensively in the USA, Mexico, Germany, and New Zealand. His Bach CD has received rave reviews from critics in Germany, England, Japan and the USA. 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 has published numerous 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 most recent CD, Stream of Consciousness, is a compilation of originals arranged for solo guitar and synthesizers.