August 15, 2017
Fine Arts – Reflecting BACH: Christopher Hutton, violoncello
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Christopher Hutton is the cellist of the Poinsett Piano Trio and is Associate Professor of Violoncello at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
He has performed widely, including solo and chamber music recitals in his home country, his adopted home of the United States, and in Europe. He has recorded for New Zealand’s Concert FM, Germany’s SWF Radio, and appears on a disc of contemporary music on Albany Classics. Christopher served as co-principal cellist of the New World Symphony Orchestra under music director Michael Tilson Thomas and has played in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as other orchestras in the United States. He has enjoyed collaborating with composers, notably New Zealanders Helen Bowater and Christopher Marshall.
Christopher studied at Boston University with Leslie Parnas, and earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with Paul Katz and Steven Doane at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman he was teaching assistant to Prof. Doane and taught both for the University of Rochester and Eastman’s Community Education Division. He later taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Delaware, and the Eastern Music Festival before joining the faculty at Furman in 2003. Hutton plays on a cello made by John Betts in c. 1795.
A graduate of Boston University and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, Hutton taught at the University of Rochester, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Delaware before coming to Furman. He has twice led Furman students to Arezzo, Italy for the music department’s “Music in Italy” study away program. When he’s not playing cello or teaching, Hutton is an enthusiastic runner. He has run several marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
Christopher plays a cello made in London by John Betts c.1795 and a modern bow made in Port Townsend, WA by Ole Kanestrom.
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