Canadian violinist Christopher Whitley is an engaging and versatile performer. From Baroque music to free jazz Christopher is committed to exploring and performing music of all styles. He is a dedicated chamber musician and collaborates regularly with young composers in both the Bay Area and Canada.

He is a founding member of the Thalea String Quartet, the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The Thalea String Quartet has performed recitals in the US, Canada, France and Italy and has collaborated with members of the St. Lawrence and Borromeo Quartets. 

Christopher has performed on period instruments at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Valley of the Moon Music Festival and appeared at the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon in New York, performing original compositions for violin, cello and electronics. 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 studied composition at McGill with composer Chris Paul Harman and has worked with a number of esteemed improvisers including Lori Freedman, Malcolm Goldstein, Iva Bittova and Marc Ribot. 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.


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