Originally from London, Ontario, Christopher Jones read music at McGill University in the class of Jonathan Crow, graduating with a BMus (Hons) First Class in 2009. He was offered a scholarship to complete his Masters studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Pavel Fischer and Leland Chen, graduating in 2011 with distinction.
Christopher’s solo appearances have included performances of the Sibelius Concerto with the New Bristol Sinfonia and the Butterfly Lovers, Stravinsky, and Paganini Concertos with the Sheffield Philmarmonic Orchestra. In addition to his work with Gildas Quartet, Christopher regularly plays with the Manchester Camerata.
In an age when the vast majority of international competition competitors play on impressive borrowed instruments, I’m looking for an instrument that will give me an edge, and to help further characterise the Gildas Quartet sound so that our music can really stand out. Happily, after many months of searching, I’ve found one. It’s a 1755 violin by Bernardo Calcani, the greatest of 18th century Genoese makers, and it’s every ounce the violin of dreams. Every day I play it is a privilege, as it continues to show me colours and textures I’d have never dreamed possible. Most remarkable about this violin is its ability to produce exquisite details in the most delicate of dynamics – the ideal quartet instrument.