Christopher Atkinson is a London based classical pianist, conductor and clarinettist. He studied piano with Raymond Banning from 2004 to 2010 and graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013 after studying piano with Mikhail Kazakevich. He has performed in masterclasses given by eminent pianists such as Pascal Roge, Martino Tirimo, Mauro Landi, Serge Senkov and Susan Tomes. He will begin his Master of Arts degree in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2014.
Since making his concerto debut, performing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with Havering Concert Orchestra in 2012, he has performed concertos and recitals as a soloist and chamber musician in London, around the UK, France, Slovakia and Spain. He has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Steinway Hall. Christopher was awarded the Byram Jeejeebhoy Prize in 2012 and 2013 for chamber music from Trinity Laban.
He is the founder and conductor of Ensemble Lunaire chamber orchestra with whom he has directed performances of Copland’s Appalachian Spring in collaboration with dance and Britten’s The Turn of The Screw with Artwork Opera for London Horror Festival 2013. He is also principal conductor of London Beethoven Project, this project will survey the complete cycle of Beethoven Symphonies in 5 concerts throughout the year at St. Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, London.
Christopher is much in demand as an accompanist, chamber musician and repetiteur. He continues to work with numerous actively performing duos and trios. Work as an accompanist has taken him to English National Opera and The Royal Opera House. He is currently Musician in Residence at Sevenoaks School, Kent.
Previously as a clarinettist he featured as a soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with Lincolnshire Youth County Music Service after winning a Clarinet Soloist’s Competition sponsored by Yamaha. The award was decided and presented by Nicholas Cox, principal clarinettist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.