Violinist Christopher Coritsidis has been named as being "one of the most promising violin talents to emerge from Europe, Asia and USA in the past twenty years…" and as an artist possessing a "flawless technique and boundless imagination…" (London Times)
Since his professional debut at the age of thirteen, Mr. Coritsidis has performed internationally with orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Il Solisti Veneti, Metropolitan Baroque Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Finland Kuhmo Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, SAR Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and others.
Highly devoted to chamber music, Christopher Coritsidis has been invited and performed at various festivals around the world including the Verbier Festival, Aurora Chamber Music Festival, Accademia Chigiana, Gstaad's Sommets Musicaux, and the Academy of Music. He has appeared on some of the world's most famous stages, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Tokyo's Minato Hall and Philharmonie in Berlin.
Christopher Coritsidis was born in New York, USA and began studying at the age of eight under Prof. Manuel Tsynman. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music and later with Prof. Boris Kuschnir in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Coritsidis has worked with such artists as Ana Chumachenco, Zakhar Bron, Yuri Bashmet, Gary Hoffman, Mikhail Kopelman, Andras Schiff, Lawrence Power, Torleif Thedéen and numerous others.
In September 2002 and 2003, Mr. Coritsidis participated in a music festival organized to benefit the families of those killed in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks in New York City and is an active member of Classical Action, an non-profit organization dedicated towards raising funds for AIDS and HIV research.
The ... "Spring" Sonata by L. van Beethoven... Mr. Coritsidis' opening phrase was as golden and shining as his haute-couture jacket by Alexander Nash, with dynamic nuances most would have overlooked. Mr. Laurel's playing was lyrical and witty throughout, notably the second movement, and was in good balance to the violinist's tendency towards dramatics..."
Der Seiltänzer, "Dancer on a Tightrope", was given a tour-de-force performance – truly. Within the first few bars of the piece, the audience conveyed an overall sense of awe at Mr. Coritsidis' ability to build a line of seamless tension during his opening monologue.
The variety of timbres that Mr. Coritsidis' was able to produce from his instrument along with Mr. Laurel's finesse and grand lines brought the evening to a new level [in Prokofiev's Second Violin Sonata in D major, Op.94bis]
To conclude the evening, the virtuosic pyrotechnics of the Carmen Fantasy by Franz Waxman ... With passagework that would daunt even the most accomplished of virtuosos, Mr. Coritsidis appeared to relish in the difficulty of the work...
A small suite of holiday songs, arranged by the violinist, were offered as an encore – charming, fresh and appropriate.