“A generous rare artist-friend to many international colleagues and loyal audiences alike.
Chris’ deep love for the cello, his personal musical voice, and a rare artistic and human
integrity made him a trusted magnet in the classical music world both in Australia and
beyond. His ability to produce and promote unusual memorable events with daring
programs and innovative concert setups is a quiet revolution”
– Gavriel Lipkind - International Solo Cellist
“Elgar’s cello concerto with soloist Christopher Pidcock closed the concert and was a standout
performance. The orchestra transformed as Pidcock… led the way with a masterful
reading full of conviction, emotion, fire and delicacy. He plays a 12-year-old Schnabel cello,
especially made for him in Germany and uses a modern French bow. His powerful projection
of pitch and intonation seemed to pull the orchestra together and the sound was beautifully
harmonious.” – Tony Magee 2018 https://citynews.com.au/2018/review-pidcocks-powerfulpitch-
“Pidcock paved the way [in by Haydn’s “Cello Concerto No. 1”] and swept his players along
with a commanding presence, tone and sonority of such beauty, depth and feeling.
After interval, we were treated to the highlight of the program, Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on
a Rococo Theme”. The orchestra swelled to its capacity of about 20 players for this work,
delivering richness, phrasing and an emotional depth of mature insight. Pidcock’s playing
was masterful, confident and a joy to listen to and behold.
Part of the success of this event was the choice of instrument itself. Leaving his own
German Schnabel cello behind, Pidcock instead gained access to an Italian period
instrument from 1710, made in Bologna by Guidante. Its dark, almost mysterious tones in
the lower and middle registers ravished the ear, whilst its high register delivered sounds of
such a delicate nature.
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.