Christopher Weiss — Composer
Christopher Weiss’ music has been hailed by the New York Times as “wonderfully fluid [with a] cinematic grasp of mood and lighting.” He has received commissions and performances from the Huntsville Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, the Boston Chamber Orchestra, the Lancaster Symphony, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, the Columbia Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Twickenham Music Festival, and from Music from Angel Fire, where he was the 2008 Young Composer-in-Residence. Excerpts from Christopher’s opera In a Mirror, Darkly (with librettist S. O’Duinn Magee) were performed at the New York City Opera’s 2012 VOX showcase and at the John Duffy Composer Institute as part of the 2012 Virginia Arts Festival.
Christopher has been in residence at Yaddo, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. He was a recipient of a 2007 Theodore Presser Foundation Career Grant, and in 2006 was the youngest competitor ever to win the Jacksonville Symphony’s “Fresh Ink” competition. His music has been played on many local radio stations, and was featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”
Christopher is also active as a professional music copyist and publisher, and has produced scores for G. Schirmer, the Washington National Opera, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Huntsville Symphony, and for composers Marvin Hamlisch and Torrie Zito, among others. He also worked as a successful freelance arranger for choirs, orchestras, and other performing organizations, creating over eighty-five arrangements and orchestrations between 2002-2004.
Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1980, Christopher was raised primarily in northeastern states. His paternal grandfather, a fisheries biologist in Missouri, was an amateur violinmaker who enjoyed experimenting by constructing violins using unconventional woods. At the age of five, Christopher’s grandfather presented him with a handmade, one-quarter-size violin, and he began taking his first music lessons. At the age of twelve, Christopher taught himself to play the piano, and he developed an interest in composing during high school. He holds degrees from Rollins College and the Curtis Institute of Music.