". . . a marvelous technique and a splendid spectrum of tone."
    -- The Harrisburg Register
crest of excellence

Christopher Thompson, violinist, has performed to critical acclaim in the United States, Europe and the Far East. In 1983, Thompson was a violin winner in the NFMC Young Artist Auditions. In 1992, Christopher Thompson was invited to join the artist/faculty of Sessione Senese, a summer music festival at the University of Siena in Italy. There, Thompson performed recitals in venues in Tuscany and in Switzerland and also performed as soloist with the Festival Orchestra on tour throughout the region.

In 1994, Thompson was one of only eleven music professors in the United States to be awarded a prestigious Senior Fulbright Lectureship. As a Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Thompson served as Artist-in-Residence with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. As Artist-in-Residence, Thompson presented a full-length public recital, taught private lessons to members of the TSO violin section and coached chamber music.

As a scholar in Baroque Interdisciplinary Studies, Dr. Christopher Thompson has given lecture/performance presentations in collaboration with his wife, Dr. Laura Thompson. Since 2003, the Thompsons have presented lectures and performances on Baroque music and society at NAGC in Salt Lake City, the National Curriculum Network Conference at the College of William & Mary and the Summer Seminar of the National Social Science Association in Toronto. They also have collaborated in producing a lecture series entitled Baroque Music and Art, published on online at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and at merlot.org.

Since 2006, Christopher Thompson has collaborated with pianist Michael Gurt as a member of Duo Chanot. In 2010, Thompson was awarded an ATLAS Grant by the University of Louisiana Board of Regents to produce a compact disc recording featuring Duo Chanot. This recording, to be released in the Fall of 2010 on the Centaur Label, will include works of Franck, Brahms and Rachmaninoff. Also included will be new works written for Thompson and Gurt by Eric Ewazen and Dinos Constantinides.

Christopher Thompson earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from the LSU School of Music in the studio of Dinos Constantinides. Thompson’s violin teachers included Henry Barrett, Robert Snyder and Professor Charles Castleman of the Eastman School of Music. Between 1986 and 1988, Thompson studied extensively on a private basis with Margaret Pardee of the violin faculty of the Juilliard School of Music. He served as Ms. Pardee’s teaching assistant at Meadowmount and at the Estherwood Festival in New York where he also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Estherwood Festival Orchestra.

Christopher Thompson is recorded on the Air and Centaur recording labels and is published with Conners Publications.

Upon the nomination of Margaret Pardee of the Juilliard School, Thompson’s biography was chosen for inclusion in the 1995 Edition of the International Who’s Who in Music, published in Cambridge, England.