Canadian violinist Christopher Whitley is an engaging and versatile performer. From Baroque to electronic music, Christopher is committed to exploring and performing music of all styles. 

As a founding member of the Thalea String Quartet, Christopher has performed recitals in the US, Canada, France and Italy and has collaborated with members of the St. Lawrence, Kronos and Borromeo Quartets. The Thalea String Quartet was named the first string quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory and has performed in a number of world famous halls including the Kennedy Center and Massey Hall. 

Christopher has performed on period instruments at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, CA. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Christopher has performed as a member of NOVUS NY and as both concertmaster and soloist of the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is a regular guest of San Francisco jazz group Le Jazz Hot, performing music inspired by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. 

As a composer, Christopher’s primary focus is on expanding the potential of the solo violin, incorporating technology, electronic music and interactive visual art. Blending classical music, popular music and a variety of improvised styles, he has performed across the United States and Canada, including at the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon in New York. He has been invited to create new works at residencies at the Banff Centre and at the Britten Pears Young Artist Program in Aldeburgh, UK. 

Christopher received his Bachelor’s of Music at McGill University studying with Mark Fewer and continued his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Ian Swensen. Christopher is a dedicated pedagogue and maintains a full private studio in San Francisco.

In his spare time, Christopher can be found at record stores, libraries and coffee shops and does whatever he can to get into a canoe. 

 

Photo Credit : Bonnie Rae Mills