Acquavella, Chris


Instruments Played
Other Plucked String

Current Performance Ensembles
Solo artist
New Expression Mandolin Orchestra
Duo LaRe

Personal Summary / Bio

Christopher Acquavella is a classical mandolinist & educator from San Diego, California. He graduated First Class Honors from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, England. Chris studied under the instruction of Alison Stephens and participated in Master Class with Caterina Lichtenberg. He performs classical repertoire on both modern and baroque mandolins, using period techniques. 

Chris won the Wolfsan Foundation Music Award in 2004 and was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal for String Studies in 2006. Currently, he performs as a solo artist and with guitarist, Nathan Jarrell as Duo LaRe. Chris has performed with some great musicians such as Avi Avital, Alon Sariel, Jeremy Kurtz, Ruben Valenzuela (BCSD), Alison Stephens & Mike Marshall. Aside from chamber music, he concertizes as a soloist & orchestral musician with various orchestras throughout Europe and America such as Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), E.G.M.A. (DE), Trinity String Ensemble (UK), New City Sinfonia (USA) and Camarada Chamber Ensemble (USA), and the San Diego Symphony (USA). Chris is currently a member of the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, directed by Mike Marshall.

As the Artistic Director/Conductor of the New Expression Mandolin Orchestra, Chris aims to continue the traditions & education of original classical mandolin orchestral repertoire. In 2012, Chris started the first annual San Diego Classical Mandolin Camp. As director, Chris Acquavella created a program that explores the depth and breadth of the classical mandolin, from baroque to modern times, through 4 days of intensive classes, rehearsals, and concerts. Education about the mandolin and it's history is a big part of Chris' artistic goals in workshops, recordings and performance.

Chris performs on mandolins by Brian N. Dean.



Professional Performer or Semi-Pro Performer

My Music

TitleComposerPerformer/EnsembleUpload DateLengthPlayDownload
Partita No. 3: IV. AirSauli, F. Chris AcquavellaOct 24 20123:57
Partita No. 3: I Preludio Sauli, F.Chris AcquavellaOct 24 20120:54
Partita No. II, BWV 1004: GigaBach, J.S. Chris AcquavellaOct 24 20123:13
Partita No II, BWV 1004: SarabandaBach, J.S. Chris AcquavellaOct 24 20122:27
Partita No II, BWV 1004; AllemandaBach, J.S. Chris AcquavellaOct 24 20123:09
Captain O' KaneO'Carolan, Turlough Chris AcquavellaOct 24 20122:31

Contact Information


3155 Kemper St. Apt. 13
San Diego, CA, 92110
United States
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