Christopher holds and Honour’s degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. His principal teachers have been Georg Pedersen, Julian Smiles, and Hans Jorgen Jensen.
Throughout his studies Christopher was the recipient of many scholarships and awards including from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, the PPCA Performers Trust (twice), an Arts Fellowship from Ars Musica Australis, and scholarships from Northwestern University and the Meadowmount School of Music. His studies in Chicago were further made possible because of the generous support of a number of private donors. At Northwestern his quartet won the honours award for their performance of Joan Tower’s “In Memory”.
Christopher attended the Meadowmount School of Music on two occasions as a student, and in 2017 as teaching assistant to Hans Jorgen Jensen, as well as assistant chamber coach. He completed a month of intensive study with internationally renowned soloist Pieter Wispelwey, and has had chamber music coaching and masterclasses from members of the Tokyo, Dover, Vermeer, Goldner Quartets, and the Lincoln Trio. He has also played in masterclasses for Lynn Harrell, Li-Wei Qin and Howard Penny.
.Christopher has a decade of teaching experience and has worked for many public and private schools in both Australia and the USA. As a graduate assistant at Northwestern he taught several cellists who were taking lessons as a non-major.
He has been an orchestral tutor at the Arts Unit, Department of Education (NSW), and in 2014 his quartet was quartet-in- residence at the Scots College for the Credo Festival where he coached several chamber groups. He has worked with students of all ages both individually and in large groups.
He has volunteered for Ars Music Australis, and also as a youth worker for a community organization where he was responsible for mentoring teenagers and young adults.