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Viola

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is supported by Martin Dickson AM and Susie Dickson

Australian violist Christopher Moore was born into the rich amateur choral scene in Newcastle. His mother played the organ at their local Catholic church and has sung in the University of Newcastle Choir since it’s inception in 1977 (the year Christopher was born).

Acclaimed worldwide for his musicianship, Christopher enjoys a distinguished career as a orchestral and chamber musician, soloist and teacher. He is currently the Principal Viola of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and is in demand as a principal player with the Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian, New Zealand Symphony orchestras, Australian World Orchestra and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Japan. He was the Principal Viola of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for 10 years and appears regularly with them as Guest Principal Viola. Being a half decent viola player means that Christopher is in high demand as a chamber musician around the country and overseas. This all leaves very little time for the losing battle between himself and the ever increasing chicken poop in the back yard.

Christopher regularly appears as director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s programs at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Other recent highlights include a contemporary double concerto for viola, cello and orchestra by Australian composer Mary Finsterer, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (director and soloist) with Sophie Rowell. Christopher currently holds the position of Creative Producer of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music programs, including the smaller orchestra concerts at Melbourne Recital Centre.

Christopher plays a 1610 Giovanni Paolo Maggini viola kindly on loan from an anonymous benefactor. He also owns a wonderful 1937 Arthur E. Smith viola currently on loan to William Clark.