Christopher D. Lewis BMus MM HonFGMS
Christopher D. Lewis is a contemporary harpsichordist and a Naxos Records recording artist. His fascination with the instrument began at a young age, and since then he has made it his mission to bring the modern harpsichord and the music written for it to a global audience, intent on sharing its beauty and versatility far and wide. Currently in the process of completing an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded PhD focused on the modern British harpsichord, he is already internationally known as an authority on harpsichord in both classical contemporary music and in popular culture. Often engaged to speak on modern harpsichord music and its uses, as well as the performers that revived the instrument through the 20th century and into the 21st, his studies are a natural extension of a lifelong passion for introducing people to the contemporary harpsichord for the first time. Over the past century composers and harpsichordists alike have fought to bring the instrument back to modern music, and Christopher is at the forefront of this movement, working tirelessly to ensure that audiences can once again hear and enjoy the harpsichord in modern music. He has released four full-length albums that feature both solo and orchestral arrangements. Upcoming titles include a collection of works for the harpsichord composed by Vincent Persichetti, slated for release in 2017 and a planned disc of Hungarian music beyond that.
Currently based in Southampton, England, where he is completing his PhD, Christopher was born in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, but relocated to Canada in 2005 to study under Luc Beauséjour and Hank Knox at McGill University in Montréal, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. He completed his Masters of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Corey Jamason, both degrees with a specialisation in contemporary music. He performs internationally, and has toured all over the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, the Netherlands and the South Pacific. He works as a university lecturer in Southampton and was recently appointed an Honorary Fellow of The Guild of Musicians and Singers. When he isn’t studying, practicing or enlightening the world to the timeless grace of the harpsichord, Christopher enjoys aviation, British sitcoms, and is one of only a handful of people on the planet to have piloted a winged sports submarine.