Hailing from Kerala and a native of New Delhi, India, Annette Philip is a vocalist, composer, arranger, producer, pianist, and choral specialist who thrives on experimenting with the human voice. A faculty member at Berklee College of Music, Philip is the artistic director of the Berklee India Exchange and the founder and director of the renowned Berklee Indian Ensemble, which has garnered over 21 million views and counting on YouTube. Prior to her time at Berklee, Philip founded what was then India’s largest performing arts collective, Artistes Unlimited, in New Delhi with the aim of providing a noncompetitive platform for young musicians to converge and create.
Philip has been privileged to perform with Grammy-winning artists such as A. R. Rahman, Bill Whelan, Terri Lyne Carrington, Angelique Kidjo, Philip Bailey, Buster Williams, Jack DeJohnette, and Ysaye Barnwell in addition to her collaborations with prolific artists, including Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ghatam Giridhar Udupa, Ranjit Barot, Vijay Prakash, and Clinton Cerejo, among many others.
Philip leads a global jazz ensemble, the Annette Philip Quintet, and actively tours with the award-winning vocal quartet Women of the World, the 2014 U.S. national a cappella champions. With members representing Japan, Italy, India, Haiti, and the U.S., Women of the World currently performs in 31 of the world's languages and is committed to uniting global voices through song.
Philip was recently a featured soloist on a Jazz Urbane record produced by the late George Duke, and she regularly conducts master classes and clinics around the world on vocal improvisation, stage presence, arranging, production, and choral techniques.