Born in Paris, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian began studying the violin at age 5. He was admitted to Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and received a First Prize in chamber music in 1984 and a violin First Prize in 1985. After studying under the direction of Gérard Poulet and Jean-Claude Bernède, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian moved to Cremona, Italy, to work under the direction of Salvatore Accardo.
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian then spent one year at the Julliard School in New York to study with Dorothy Delay. He has won several prizes in international violin competitions (Carl Flesch, Zino Francescatti, Lipizer, Palm Beach).
As the same time as his career with the Trio Wanderer, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian plays as a soloist with many orchestras as Lille, Avignon, Bretagne, Caen, de Poitou-Charentes, Cannes, Les Siècles.
He also plays duo repertoire with the pianist Marie-Joseph Jude.
He created a septet with the accordeonist Richard Galliano. They gave numerous concerts around the world with the show Piazzola Forever.
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian is teaching violin at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique.
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian plays on a violin by Petrus GUARNERIUS (Venezia 1748).
"Violinist Jean-Marc Phillips is an invaluable asset to the Wanderer Trio. He captivates with his warm and sensuous tone, and his spontaneity, founded on absolute technical mastery, is balanced by a genuine sense of dialogue." (Le Figaro - Paris)