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Sligo International Chamber Music Festival

Christoper Ellis (Cello)

Christoper Ellis

Twenty-year-old Irish cellist Christopher Ellis has been described as “a rapidly rising cello star” (The Irish Times). Christopher, born in London, began his studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music studying piano with Marta Erdei and cello with Aisling Drury Byrne. Christopher is now studying at the Paris Conservatoire with French cellist Marc Coppey.

Christopher has appeared at festivals in Ireland and internationally including Festival de Pablo Casals (France), Piatigorsky International Cello Festival (Los Angeles), Cello Biennale Amsterdam, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Music in Drumcliffe Chamber Music Festival. More recently, Christopher has performed at the Fête du Violon (France), Clandeboye Festival (Northern Ireland), @The Drawing Room Dublin and at Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.

Christopher has attended cello masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser, Giovanni Solima, Arto Noras and has received chamber music masterclasses from Vogler Quartet, Quatour Ébène, Danish String Quartet and the Borodin String Quartet.

Whilst studying at Paris Conservatoire, Christopher has explored contemporary music and is studying with Eric-Maria Couturier of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Alongside classmates at the Paris Conservatoire, Christopher performed at the Venice International Festival of Contemporary Music in a concert dedicated to French composer Pierre Boulez.

Christopher plays on the ‘O’Neill Cello’ made by Conor Russell kindly on loan to him from a private donor.