Christopher Atkinson grew up in Lincolnshire, and began piano and clarinet lessons at a young age with Michael Shelton. He studied with
Raymond Banning from 2005 to 2010. Now with Mikhail Kazakevich, he is m his third year of an undergraduate degree at Trinity College of Music. At Trinity he also studies principles of the Alexander Technique, improvisation, conducting, harmony and counterpoint. He has appeared in masterclasses given by Mauro Landi, Martino Tirimo, Raymond Banning and Harry Harris.
Christopher has performed solo in London, St Albans, Bedford,
Grantham, Lincoln, Sheffield, Chesterfield and Nottingham. Tonight’s performance is his piano concerto debut. Future solo and chamber recital engagements include London, Lincoln, Lichfield and Spain.
During his time in London Christopher has been proactive as a
chamber musician. He works closely with the singer and writer Bettina Jonic, is Musical Director of Puzzle-Piece Opera, has performed with a wide variety of vocal and instrumental artists and is a founding member of The Trafalgar Trio (clarinet, viola and piano). In competition he was placed runner up in the 2010 John Ireland Competition was highly commended for his performance in the 2011 John Longmire Piano Competition and appeared as a finalist, with cellist Matthew Strover, in the 2011 Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Duo Competition,
He has gained an ATCL diploma on clarinet and i n 2008 performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto at various venues in Lincolnshire, and on tour of Catalonia, Spain, with Lincolnshire Youth County Music. Outside of music he enjoys playing golf, running, juggling and hill walking, having climbed over 70 of Britain’s highest mountains.