An upcoming and passionate artist, Christopher Schoelen is an award wining, virtuoso classical guitarist who is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. He is dynamic and riveting performer who has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in a number of countries throughout Europe. These concerts include venues at Dartmouth College, the University of Seville, Spain, the Conservatory of Music Giuseppe Verdi of Turin, Italy, Chandler Music Hall, WGBH Radio station in Boston, the Boston Public Library, and the University of South Carolina. Christopher has also made his recent performance debut at Carnegie Hall in New York this past December after winning First Prize in the Golden Era of Romantic Music International competition.
Hailed by his former maestro as “a fine guitarist and musician,” Christopher recently completed a Masters of Music degree at the New England Conservatory where he studied under the tutelage of the world-renowned guitarist, Eliot Fisk. During his time at the conservatory he participated in master classes with great artists such as Sharon Isbin, Marcin Dylla, and Grisha Goryachev. During his Masters degree, Christopher also produced his very own debut album of classical guitar music titled, Anima: The Music of Spain and Italy for the Guitar.
In 2011, he moved to Seville, Spain to learn flamenco guitar and further his study of classical music with the internationally known guitarist, Fransisco Bernier. He lived, performed throughout Europe and studied there for three years. Throughout his time there he gave concerts in Spain, at the University of Seville, in Italy and in France. While living in Europe he also developed a love for languages and learned how to speak Italian and Spanish.
Recently, Christopher has been awarded the Creativity in Music Award from the University of South Carolina music school which is sponsoring him to present this creative musical concert titled Orpheus, Pan, Tellus, and Acoustic Ecology. The concert will take place on March 25th at Mill Creek Greenhouses in Columbia, SC from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.