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Christopher Pidcock

General Details

Performance Certificate (Northwestern), Mmus, BMus, GradDip, LmusA

“As the conclusion of the concerto (Dvorak) was reached, Pidcock had well and truly climbed the mountain and stayed there, the lord of all he surveyed.” (2MBS FM- Andrew Dziedzic)

Christopher received international acclaim after receiving first prize at the Gisborne International Instrumental Competition in 2007, held in New Zealand’s north-east coast. As part of the prize for the competition he was recently invited to perform as soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra performing works by Lalo and Granados.

In 2008 Christopher was invited to attend the Israel Cello Congress in April to perform in master-classes with some of the leading cellists of our time, including Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Gavriel Lipkind. He was also accepted into Kronberg Akadamie Masterclasses in
Germany, to study with celebrated Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma.

Recently Pidcock was awarded the coveted Winston Churchill Fellowship, which he used for intense cello studies with teachers in Germany, including Peter Bruns and Gavriel Lipkind. During his fellowship Pidcock was also invited to perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Neue Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

He has given solo recitals at the City Recital Hall Angel Place, the Schumann-Haus (Leipzig), the Euro Arts Festival, the Radolfzell Summer Festival in Konstanz (Germany), the National Youth Concerto Competition in Brisbane, the
Townsville International Chamber Music Festival, the Australian String Academy, and has made several recordings for Sydney and Queensland’s
2MBSFM. He was recently a string finalist in the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award 2010, playing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. Christopher also performed the Dvorak with the Manly Warringah Orchestra in May this year, which recieved rave reviews.

Other highlights for Christopher have been a European tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2007, performing as principal cellist with the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific (Canada), Sydney Sinfonia, and concerts with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony, and as soloist with the Adelaide Chamber Players at the 2008 Adelaide International Cello Festival. In 2009, he picked up the prestigious Nelson Meers Foundation Scholarship awarded to him by Sydney Eisteddfod.

Christopher has been an enthusiastic performer with the Australian National Academy of Music, performing chamber music with violinist William Hennesey and pianist Tim Young. In 2010, he completed a Master of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Professor Uzi Wiesel.

Pidcock is currently residing in Chicago undertaking studies with Prof. Hans Jørgen Jensen at Northwestern University and is learning orchestral repertoire with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). He was also accepted in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, an elite training orchestra under the tutelage of principal players from the CSO, and through this has given performances with Lynn Harrell, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jaap van Zweden amongst others. In August 2011, Christopher was invited to perform at the Euro Arts Festival 2011 in Wuppertal, Germany, and he has given chamber music recitals with Lynn Harrell, Tomas Tomaszewski, Charmian Gadd and Katherine Selby. Christopher is now permanent a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra cello section since 2012.

Recent concert highlights include performances of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, C.P.E Bach’s A minor and Haydn’s D major Cello Concertos with the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, and a special trio performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Christopher gives many recitals in Australia and also abroad as soloist, with duo partner Evgeny Ukhanov, the Sydney Chicago Salon Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Chamber Players. Christopher plays on a W. Schnabl cello (Bavaria) based on Montagnana’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ cello.

These details were last updated on January 29, 2016