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Christopher Whitley

Violinist – 30 years old

Canadian violinist Christopher Whitley is a versatile performer, dedicated educator, and genre-defying composer. As a founding member of the Thalea String Quartet, Christopher has performed recitals across North America, Europe, and China, presenting programs that explore the past, present, and future of the string quartet repertoire, while highlighting lesser known and under-represented voices in classical music. Christopher has spent more than a decade developing and presenting educational programming to students and young musicians. Highlights include a strings program for young people with special sensory needs, instant composition workshops, and lecture presentations on non-verbal communication.

Christopher’s original compositions have been released on a number of international record labels. He has been invited to create new works at residencies at the Banff Centre and at the Britten Pears Young Artist Program in Aldeburgh, UK. Christopher is currently a member of the Doctoral Fellowship String Quartet at the University of Maryland.

Christopher performs on the 1700 “Taft” Stradivari, generously on loan by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

Learn more and listen :


Denis Brott, Executive Director
A Day in the Life


This project has been made possible with the invaluable financial assistance of :

  • The Azrieli Foundation
  • The Musical Instrument Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts
  • The William and Nancy Turner Foundation
  • Peter Letko & Daniel Brosseau of Letko Brosseau
  • The Llyod Carr-Harris Foundation
  • The Jane Skoryna Foundation
  • David Lyons