Philip studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London and was a prize winner of the 1978 Gaudeamus International competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music. Since 1985 Mead has toured worldwide performing works for piano and electronics, with pieces specially commissioned by leading composers. ‘Tombeau de Messiaen’ by Jonathan Harvey, commissioned by Mead in 1995 is now performed by very many pianists throughout the world and is considered a classic of the genre. In the United States, Mead has been the Carlo Menotti Artist in Residence at the University of South Carolina, the Dee Fellow at the University of Utah, and pianist in residence at the University of Texas. He has also held residencies at several International computer music conferences.He has been a regular performer on BBC Radio Three and has had his own series, “Keystrokes” exploring some unlikely combinations in twentieth-century piano music. Mead is especially interested in the possibilities of expanding the repertoire for brass and piano and has commissioned numerous composers to write for various combinations, from small groups to brass. Philip is founder and artistic director of the British Contemporary Piano Competition, held every three years since 1988, and this has become established as an important part of the new music calendar with many of today’s younger pianists becoming prize winners. Philip is also a Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, and was a Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music from 1994 to 1998.