Violinist, violist, conductor, arranger, and devoted educator, Christopher Luther has established himself as a uniquely gifted teacher through his diverse musical background and uncanny ability to reach and inspire youth.
Christopher received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in viola performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas under the tutelage of Roger Myers with a recruitment scholarship and the String Teaching Assistant appointment. He received his Masters Degree from the Thornton School of Music at USC in violin performance from legendary violinist Eudice Shapiro and Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the LA Phil. Born in Denver, he began his performance career at the age of eight fiddling at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Since then he has continued his diverse musical training with an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance and Jazz studies from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
In 2007, Luther produced his first CD entitled Personality consisting of virtuosic bluegrass music supported by jazz concepts including original compositions. In Los Angeles Luther has played in soundtracks with a few on-screen performances, most notably in The Soloist. He collaborated with artists including Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Ruben Studdard, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Nancy Wilson, Richard Green and many others including a performance on the Jay Leno Show with Sarah Barrielles.
Equally comfortable as a soloist, orchestra musician, and chamber player, Christopher was the first violist to win the string concerto competition at the University of Texas on a large-scale work, performing Bloch’s Suite 1919. Notable chamber collaborations include a performance of the Brahms String Sextet in G Major with the Miró String Quartet. He has held principal positions with many orchestras including the Debut Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Christopher is teaching violin classes at the Crossroads School for the Arts, and for Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra LA where he has been a guest conductor for all three orchestras. Christopher co-founded, co-directs and teaches alternative styles at the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp with his father and sister, now entering its 14th successful season. He has also completed certification for the entire Suzuki violin method, along with viola book nine through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.