Chris Irvine

About: Chris Irvine

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  • Role : Strings
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  • Specialist in : Traditional and Suzuki Cello

Why do you teach? I believe that exploring and expressing our emotions is one of the most important things we can do as humans, and that music is a great way to do that. My goal as a teacher is to help all of my students understand some fundamental things about playing the cello like posture, sound quality, and a real physical sense of rhythm so that they can feel confident expressing themselves on the instrument. I also like to give my students listening assignments to help introduce them to some great music (composed or improvised) that they may not have heard before.

Teaching Biography: Chris Irvine has a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from New England Conservatory and a Master of Music degree in cello performance from Manhattan School of Music. His teachers were Richard Aaron, Paul Katz, Julia Lichten, and Fred Sherry. Chris has been been teaching private cello lessons in New York since 2012 and at Turtle Bay since 2013.

Performance Biography: Chris Irvine is an improviser, cello teacher, and avant-garde cellist based in Brooklyn. At 17 he made his concerto debut with the Cleveland Orchestra but these days he mainly plays free-improvised music at venues such as Spectrum, Shapeshifter Lab, and Areté Gallery, though he still plays Bach every day. Chris has also premiered a variety of new works by contemporary composers, including a recent performance of a commission by Emily Praetorius for cello, voice, violin, and electronics. He released his debut album, ‘Dialectic’ with Zack Clarke, a juxtaposition of solo Bach and free-improvised reactions, in 2013 and it is available wherever you listen to music. Chris joined the TBMS faculty in 2013.