Born in 1955 in the United States, Philip Middleman began studying the violin at the age of eight with Frank Costanzo, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He later studied with Paul Kling at the University of Louisville and concluded his studies with Tadeusz Wronski at Indiana University, earning a Master of Music degree at that institution. His further violin studies were under the tutelage of Ivan Galamian.
Philip Middleman played at the "Berkshire Music Center" in Tanglewood, the "Festival dei due Mondi" in Spoleto and "The Yehudi Menuhin Festival" in Gstaad. He was a member of the first violin section in the Louisville Orchestra and at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Since 1981, Philip Middleman has been a member of the Munich Philharmonic. He has appeared both as soloist and chamber musician in Europe and the United States.