RECITAL - November 14th 3.00pm
CHRISTOPHER WHITE - Piano
Christopher White graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2007 with first-class honours, as well as awards for academic and practical music making. He has studied piano with Hamish Milne and Nicholas Walker. Christopher enjoys a varied career as a solo and chamber pianist and writer on music, and is increasingly in demand as a repetiteur and vocal coach.
Christopher spent the summer of 2008 as a Piano Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Centre in Massachusetts, in which he worked with Maestro James Levine on a staged production of Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny, as well as playing the role of onstage pianist in the production.
He participated in the Das Lied competition in Berlin in February last year, and the London Young Songmakers Almanac series of Masterclasses in april 2009. He was on the staff of British Youth Opera in Summer 2009 (Rossini Il Signor Bruschino/La Scala di Seta), and worked as assistant conductor of Handel's Semele in the Autumn of 2009, under the late Sir Charles Mackerras.
Operatic engagements in 2010: Albert Herring at the RAM (repetiteur and orchestral pianist); Trouble in Tahiti for Psappha at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Carmen at the O2 Arena, London; Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne under Vladimir Jurowski; Cosi fan tutte at the RAM under Dr. Jane Glover (repetiteur and chorus master). He participated in the Solti-Peretti 'Accademia di bel canto' in Tuscany in the summer of 2010, and has been invited to return there next year as a staff accompanist. Also in 2011, Christopher will assist Dr. Jane Glover on a world première production of Peter Maxwell Davies' Kommillitonen.
Christopher has performed as a chamber musician in the Wigmore, Fairfield and Queen Elizabeth Halls, as well as the Clore Studio of the Royal Opera House with members of the Royal Ballet, and on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme. Christopher has twice visited the International Musicians’ Seminar in Prussia Cove, Cornwall, and made his Park Lane Group debut, with bassoonist Rosemary Burton, in January 2009 at the Purcell Room, London.
Solo performances have taken him as far afield as Vienna, Kyoto and New Zealand, the latter for a Chopin recital in on a piano donated to the city of Auckland by Paderewski. Christopher performed Tchaikovsky's First Concerto in September 2009, and in 2010 performed Rachmaninov’s Third and Beethoven's Fifth at venues in the UK.
In addition to piano studies, Christopher is an organist and conductor. As a writer on music he has been a regular contributor to Piano Professional and International Piano magazines. His Masters dissertation focussed on the music of Mahler, a transcription of whose Tenth Symphony Christopher completed and recorded in 2008. He is taking his Mahler studies further in his current Doctoral research, due for completion in summer 2011, whilst continuing his career as a performer and repetiteur/vocal coach.