Phil Roberts was born in Canada and educated there and in England. Apart from working as a writer, with over ten published books, he is also an active musician - church organist, jazz pianist, classical recitalist, and teacher of keyboard, flute and classical guitar. He is an Associate of the Australian Conservatory of Music and also of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He has taught classes in music appreciation for beginners in England, Australia and Canada. His most recent recitals were with New York violinist Galina Heifetz.