Chris Acquavella

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 in Master Class with Caterina Lichtenberg. Chris won the Wolfsan Foundation Music Award in 2004 and was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal for String Studies in 2006. Chris performs classical repertoire on baroque and modernmandolins, using period techniques. He has performed with some great musicians such as Avi Avital, Alison Stephens, David Grisman & Mike Marshall. Aside from chamber music, he concertizes as a soloist & orchestral musician with various orchestras throughout the world including the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego (USA) and the San Diego Symphony (USA). Chris is the artistic director of the New Expression Mandolin Orchestra, as well as the San Diego Classical Mandolin Camp. He has performed & taught workshops at the CMSA Conventions and the David Grisman/Mike Marshall Mandolin Symposium. Aside from teaching and performing on the mandolin, Chris spends time composing new works for mandolin & mandolin ensembles. Several of his works are now published by Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, Hamburg.

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