Christian Elliott

Christian Elliot

Christian Elliott

Edinburgh, Scotland

Born in Ottawa in 1984, cellist Christian Elliott has performed throughout North America and Europe. He began his cello studies with Pawel Szymczyk-Marjanovic, continuing with Don Whitton and Thomas Wiebe before taking his Bachelors degree at McGill University with Matt Haimovitz. Subsequently he studied at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum.

In a rare stroke of fate, a cellist booked to perform Barber’s Cello Concerto with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra injured himself two evenings before the concert, and Christian undertook the role of soloist at this short notice. That performance was praised as “note-perfect, displaying great sensitivity to [Barber’s] neo-romantic idiom” (Peter Palmer, He will be premiering a cello concerto written by Kevin Malone with the Nottingham Philharmonic in October 2011.

Christian has appeared at venues such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Manchester International Cello Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, and the BBC Proms. He is also a composer whose works have been performed by such ensembles as the Arditti String Quartet and the Chamber Players of Canada. An avid chamber musician, Christian was formerly a member of McGill University's Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet awarded the Grand Prize at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. He is regularly invited to participate in the Open Chamber Music Sessions at the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar (IMS), and was recently commissioned by Steven Isserlis to write a piece commemorating the 40th anniversary of the IMS to be performed at London's Wigmore Hall in June 2012. Christian is a regular member of the Hebrides Ensemble, a mixed chamber ensemble based in Edinburgh consisting of some of Europe's finest musicians. Christian currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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