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Christopher White

Violinist

London born Christopher White studied at the Royal College of Music, London, where he won many prizes and left with one of the most coveted awards, the Dove Prize.


Further scholarships enabled him to continue his studies at the Banff Centre in Canada and the Royal Conservatory
of Music, Toronto. He has studied with many distinguished violinists both in North America and England, including
Josef Gingold, Jaime Laredo, Thomas Brandis, Rodney Friend, Lorand Fenyves and Erich Gruenberg. Christopher has been concertmaster with a number of orchestras both in England and Europe, alongside a varied performing career as soloist and chamber musician. 


A solo CD was released in 1999, featuring violin works by Bach, Bartok and Ysaye and this was followed by a second CD with pianist, Melanie Reinhard, featuring the Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano. Further recordings were made with Die Taschenphilharmonie where Christopher was the first violin in Mahler Symphony No. 4 and “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” (chamber version) and Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals. Since returning to the UK in 2003, Christopher has held posts as Resident Violinist at Rugby School and Head of Strings at Uppingham School. 


He now enjoys a varied career of teaching and performing, as well as being a well-respected piano technician. Since its formation in 1998, his piano trio OPUS 3, has received critical acclaim in Germany, Switzerland and the UK. OPUS 3 has performed in venues such as the Tonhalle Zurich, St. James’ Piccadilly, St. Martin in the Fields and Charterhouse. 


Christopher White plays on a Joseph Filius Andrea Guarneri violin, dated 1707. “White’s tone was superbly rich on the lower strings in Chausson’s glorious Poeme” (The Strad) “Szymanowsky’s La Fontaine D’Arethuse emerging as a ravishing impressionistic tableau full of imaginative textural shading” (Musical Opinion)