Phil Rashkin, a Los Angeles native, performs dynamically as a conductor, symphonic, and solo musician and maintains an active schedule as music director for Opera Upper West and The Special Music School's Wind Ensemble. Mr. Rashkin also coaches music with Face the Music and is currently an oboist with The Chelsea Symphony and The Manhattan Symphonie. Mr. Rashkin is a member of the shifting landscape of classical music: as a conductor/pianist for Opera Upper West’s immersive, real-time performances of Le nozze di Figaro, La voix humaine, The Telephone, and Glory Denied; as a recipient of The Marin Alsop Entrepreneurial Award with the ensemble A Closer Look; as a teacher and coach at the Kaufman Center’s innovative Special Music School and The Horace Mann School. Mr. Rashkin toured with Josh Groban for the release of his album Stages. Artists with whom Mr. Rashkin has worked include Wycliffe Gordon, Sasha Cooke, and Mark O’Connor. Mr. Rashkin attended Mannes College The New School for Music, where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Performance. Mr. Rashkin's musicianship has been described as "particularly ravishing" (The Observer) and "choice, tersely delivered moments from Phil Rashkin" (Lucid Culture).