Philip Malan

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Philip Malan was born in Stellenbosch in 1987. He was exposed to music by his mother, who is a music teacher and lecturer, and his father who also plays the piano. He started playing the guitar at the age of 9 when his mother handed him her old guitar and taught him a few basic chords. He played without an official teacher for four years until he started lessons with Graham Pringle at the age of 13. It was at this time that he got his first electric guitar and started a band with his best friend. He ended up taking music as one of his subjects in high school with electric guitar as his instrument. Once he finished school in 2005, he went on to study a Bachelor of Music degree at Stellenbosch University. It was here that he was exposed to classical guitar by Graham Pringle, now his university guitar lecturer and mentor. The adjustment from playing with a pick to playing with fingers was slow at first but proved to be very exciting as it opened up a whole new technique for the young musician. For his 3rd year final exam his guitar teacher decided to give him an acoustic fingerstyle guitar piece. This was Philip’s first exposure to acoustic fingerstyle guitar and marked the beginning of an ongoing journey of discovery. After learning this piece he began writing his own compositions for solo guitar. During his university years he performed with various bands, duos and ensembles. He has continued to be inspired by the work of leading South African guitarists Tony Cox and Steve Newman, amongst others.
Philip recently won the Marshall Music Home of the Acoustic Guitar competition and got to perform at the Cape Town Folk and Acoustic festival alongside some of South Africa’s big names in the industry.
He currently performs both as a solo artist and with his band ‘The Philip Malan Trio’.

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