Christopher Brooks was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began studying the violin at PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights, moving on to private lessons at the Third Street Music School in Manhattan, back when a subway token cost 15 cents. In high school, Mr. Brooks attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Department and during the summer attended the arcadian Kinhaven Music School. Attending the New School of Music in Philadelphia (a conservatory founded by members of the Curtis Quartet) Mr. Brooks studied violin with Jascha Brodsky and Geoffrey Michaels.
He has played chamber music and been a member of numerous orchestras in the USA and Europe including Orquesta Bética Filarmónica de Sevilla (concertmaster), the Frysk Orkest in the Netherlands, and the Lancaster, Reading, York, and Harrisburg Symphonies (concertmaster). Currently, he plays with the Allegro Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to his broad experience in orchestral and chamber music, he has performed with numerous improvisation-based ensembles: including folk, rock, jazz, Klezmer, and freely-improvised accompaniments for modern dance. Throughout his performing career he has continued to teach privately (in English, Spanish and Dutch) and to lead classes and workshops in improvisation for classical string players. His book, The Creative Violinist: Integrating Technique and Music through Improvisation is available on Amazon.com.
Mr. Brooks offers private violin or viola lessons, chamber or ensemble music coaching, and master classes for specific challenges, such as upcoming auditions. More information can be found at: www.creativeviolinist.com