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.
CategoriesProfessional Performer or Semi-Pro Performer
|Partita No. 3: IV. Air||Sauli, F.||Chris Acquavella||Oct 24 2012||3:57|
|Partita No. 3: I Preludio||Sauli, F.||Chris Acquavella||Oct 24 2012||0:54|
|Partita No. II, BWV 1004: Giga||Bach, J.S.||Chris Acquavella||Oct 24 2012||3:13|
|Partita No II, BWV 1004: Sarabanda||Bach, J.S.||Chris Acquavella||Oct 24 2012||2:27|
|Partita No II, BWV 1004; Allemanda||Bach, J.S.||Chris Acquavella||Oct 24 2012||3:09|
|Captain O' Kane||O'Carolan, Turlough||Chris Acquavella||Oct 24 2012||2:31|