A native of Bethesda, MD, J. Philip Kettler was appointed as second cellist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra for the 2019-2020 season. In-demand as an orchestral musician, Kettler also is assistant principal cellist of the Terre Haute Symphony and a member of the Huntsville Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic orchestras. As a member of the Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra at Ocean Way Studios, Kettler has performed as a recording artist for studios including Microsoft, Sony, EA Games, EMI, Netflix, FX, Bungie, and many more. Additionally, he was a member of the 2016 National Repertory Orchestra and has been a fellowship performer at the summer music festivals of Aspen, Bowdoin, and Aix-en-Provence, France.
As a soloist, Kettler made his professional recital debut in January 2016 as part of the Chevy Chase Concert Series in Washington, DC. He has been a top prize winner in the Washington Performing Arts Society Feder Memorial String Competition, U.S. Army Orchestra Concerto Competition, Blair Concerto Competition, and Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition. Kettler has performed in master classes for Johannes Moser, Alisa Weilerstein, Zuill Bailey, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. As a chamber musician, he has worked with members of the Vermeer, Brentano, Ying, Shanghai, and Pacifica Quartets, as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Currently a candidate for the Doctor of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Kettler earned his Masters degree in 2019 and currently serves as solo cellist of the IU New Music Ensemble. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in 2016, where he graduated cum laude and was the winner of the Blair Student Showcase Award. In 2014, Kettler also completed studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His principal teachers include Eric Kim, Felix Wang, Dmitry Ferschtman, Peter Howard, and Drew Owen.