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Phillip Lambro was an American composer, pianist, and conductor whose music was performed by orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, and in many Hollywood films.

Lambro was the son of Albanian immigrants, the late Pascal “Pat” Lambro and Mary Lambro of Wellesley, MA, where he was born and educated before beginning studies for the piano in Boston in his early teens.

He made his debut at the age of 17 at the Pianists Fair in Boston’s Symphony Hall where he performed a piece by Chopin. After graduating from high school, he pursued his musical studies at Miami University, Coral Gables, FL. He later received a scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in California where his teachers included Donald Pond and composer Bela Bartok’s most celebrated pupil, the Hungarian-American pianist Gyorgy Sandor.

Lambro was one of the youngest composers ever to have his music performed on two separate occasions by the famed Philadelphia Orchestra and its legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski. Throughout a long career, Lambro’s works have been played by dozens of orchestral ensembles including the Baltimore Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Denver Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, St. Paul Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, as well as major performances in Europe, South America, Australia, and in Asia. His most notable concert compositions include Structures, Miraflores, Four Songs (for soprano and orchestra) and Two Pictures (for solo percussion and orchestra).

Lambro also composed for the movies, including music for the documentary film “Mineral King” that won high praise from critics, winning an award from the National Board of Review for best music of 1972. Additionally, Lambro created Wimbledon/Trigram Music Inc. as publisher for various works of his own and those of others, which included music education titles in its expansive catalog, along with performance music for brass, woodwinds, percussion and keyboard.

Lambro’s autobiographical Close Encounters of the Worst Kind (2006) is readily available through online retailers. A number of Lambro’s film scores are recorded on the Perseverance Records label are available online (e.g., Amazon, Walmart, Spotify):

  • Crypt of the Living Dead
  • Los Angeles, 1937 (unused score for Chinatown)
  • Murph the Surf — vinyl also available on the Motown label
  • The Film Music of Philip Lambro — (includes Mineral King, Father Part, Celebration, Git!)



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