A Toronto native, Joe studied double bass at the University of Toronto with the renowned virtuoso Joel Quarrington.
Joseph Phillips has been Principal Double Bassist with Orchestra London since 2007, a position he has also held with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Toronto.
He plays regularly with violinist Mayumi Seiler in her Via Salzburg Chamber Music series and in concerts with Art of Time Ensemble and the Sweet Water Music Festival. He performs with Sarah Slean, Patricia O'Callaghan, Jenny Whiteley, Andrew Downing's chamber-jazz group Arts & Letters.
Joe has contributed to many recordings, including Juno-nominated albums by the Pierre Schryer Band, Joey Wright and The Wailin' Jennys. Joe has written symphony orchestra arrangements for a number of Canadian artists, including blues diva Rita Chiarelli, and songwriter Ian Tamblyn.