Christopher Luther

Ensembles, Festival Junior Orchestra
Christopher Luther has established himself as a uniquely gifted teacher through his diverse musical background and uncanny ability to reach and inspire youth.

Christopher received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in viola performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas as the teaching assistant of Roger Myers. He received his Masters Degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in violin performance studying with Eudice Shapiro and Martin Chalifour. Born in Denver, he began his performance career at the age of eight fiddling at the Colorado Renaissance Festival. He has continued his diverse musical training with an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance and Jazz Studies from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. During the end of his undergraduate degree Luther produced his first CD entitled Personality, consisting of virtuosic bluegrass music supported by jazz concepts and original compositions.

In Los Angeles Luther played in soundtracks with a few on-screen performances, most notably in The Soloist. He collaborated with artists including Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Ruben Studdard, James Moody, Jon Faddis, Nancy Wilson, Richard Green and many others, including a performance on the Jay Leno Show with Sarah Barrielles.

Equally comfortable teaching and inspiring all ages and abilities, Luther held teaching positions at the Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles and Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra LA where he has been a guest conductor for all three orchestras. Luther co-founded, co-directs and teaches alternative styles at the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp with his father and sister, now entering its 16th successful season. Luther is the Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Northern Colorado.