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Christopher Vanderspar

Biography

Cellist Christopher Vanderspar is a Section Principal with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. In addition to his duties with the Orchestra he regularly plays solo cello parts for The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. His repertory with The Royal Ballet has included Hans van Manen's Four Schumann Pieces, Richard Alston's Midsummer, William Tuckett's If this is still a problem, Twyla Tharp's Mr Worldly Wise, Stephen Baynes's Beyond Bach, Glen Tetley's Pierrot Lunaire and Liam Scarlett's Sweet Violets. With The Royal Opera he has played the cello continuo in repertory including Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, L'anima del filosofo, Semele, Mitridate, rè di Ponto and Alcina.

Vanderspar was born into a musical family and began studying the cello at the age of six. He studied with William Pleeth and later with Jacqueline du Pré and Maurice Gendron. He won first prizes in the Heran Violoncello Competition and the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition. He became principal cello of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the age of 21 and three years later joined the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Vanderspar has a vibrant solo career playing concertos with many leading orchestras. He is a member of several chamber groups including the Soloists of Covent Garden and the Vanderspar String Trio with his siblings Edward and Fiona.