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Christopher Graves


British cellist Christopher Graves studied at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps and at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with Johannes Goritzki. He also studied chamber music with Oliver Wille at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hannover. His other teachers have included Bernard Greenhouse and Kate Beare.

As cellist of the Castalian Quartet he has been a prize-winner at the Banff and Lyon international chamber music competitions, won awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist of the year, Merito Award and Valentin Erben Prize, Borletti-Buitoni Award, and performs internationally at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, Philharmonie de Paris, Carnegie Hall, Philips Collection (Washington D.C.), Flagey (Brussels), Tel Aviv museum of Art, Aldeburgh Festival, East Neuk Festival, and many others. The quartet collaborates with musicians such as Aleksander Madzar, Alasdair Beatson, Isabel Charisius, Simon Rowland-Jones, Stephen Hough, Michael Collins, Daniel Lebhardt, Matthew Hunt, Navarra Quartet and Merel Quartet.

Aside from his activities with the Castalian Quartet he performs widely as a chamber musician and recitalist in the UK and abroad, at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Kings Place. As a soloist he hasperformed on BBC Radio 3at the BBC Proms Plus festival with the RCM chamber orchestra
A passionate and experienced teacher, he has given masterclasses and taught chamber music at the Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Menhuin school and Chethams Music School.