Christopher Acquavella is a classical mandolinist & educator from San Diego, California, who currently lives in Detmold, Germany. He graduated First Class Honors from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, England. Chris studied under the instruction of Alison Stephens. He performs classical repertoire on both modern and baroque mandolins, using period techniques. In 2004, Chris won the Wolfsan Foundation Music Award and was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal for String Studies in 2006. Chris Acquavella performs across Europe and America both in a solo and chamber music capacity. Aside from chamber music, he concertizes as a soloist & orchestral musician with various orchestras & ensembles throughout the world such as Trinity String Ensemble (UK), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), E.G.M.Y.O. (DE), GER Mandolin Orchestra (PL), Bach Collegium San Diego (USA), San Diego Opera (USA) and the San Diego Symphony (USA).
Education about the mandolin and its history is a big part of Chris’ artistic goals in workshops, recordings and performances. As the Artistic Director/Conductor of the New Expressions Mandolin Orchestra, Chris aims to continue the traditions & education of original classical mandolin orchestral repertoire. As the Artistic Director of the San Diego Classical Mandolin Camp, Chris Acquavella created a program that explores the depth and breadth of the classical mandolin, from baroque to modern times, through 5 days of intensive classes, rehearsals, and concerts. He has performed & taught workshops at the CMSA Conventions and Mandolin Symposium, as well as across the globe on his various tours. Aside from teaching and performing on the mandolin, Chris spends time composing new works for mandolin & mandolin ensembles. Several of his works are now published by Joachim-Trekel-Musikverlag, Hamburg.
Chris performs on mandolins by Brian N. Dean of Labraid and Walt Kuhlman of Gypsy Mandolins.