Philip Lashley was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1966 in a community that thrives on the arts. He began guitar studies at age 13 and was later accepted into the Short Ridge School of Performing Arts where he studied music theory, sight singing, musicology, keyboard and guitar. Although he was exposed to many styles of guitar playing it was at the Short Ridge School of Performing Arts that he was introduced to the classical guitar which he gradually gravitated towards.
In 1982, Lashley made his performing debut playing simple pieces by Bach, Telemann, Carcassi and Sor. As his technique developed, he introduced major works of Bach, Albeniz, Granados and Barrios-Mangore into his repertoire.
After graduating high school, Lashley was accepted into the school of music at Ball State University, receiving the “Young Artist Award” (the highest scholarship offered by the University). He excelled at his coursework and performing and was a popular recitalist at the university’s Pruis Hall. Among others, he studied with the renowned guitarist Pepe Romero, who predicted for him a promising future as a guitarist, musician and teacher. Lashley has since taught at school and university level and has had numerous recordings released, as well as composing his own original music for guitar in a variety of styles. His pieces have a strong sense of modern individual identity within a classical guitar tradition.