Phillip Gainsley has been speaking about music for over 40 years. For 30 years he was a regular panelist on the “Opera Quiz” heard during the intermissions of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. He currently writes performance reviews for Opera News magazine, and he is a speaker for the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Gainsley has hosted orchestra and opera panel discussions with composers, soloists and conductors. His program notes have been published in Minnesota Orchestra’s Showcase magazine and in programs for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. He has hosted Minnesota Orchestra pre-concert discussions since 2004, and he currently records interviews for the oral history project of the Orchestra's archives.