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Christopher Costanza

Christopher Costanza (650) 723-0537
Personal bio
For over two decades cellist Christopher Costanza has enjoyed a varied and exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. A winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of a prestigious Solo Recitalists Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Costanza has performed in nearly every state in the U.S., and throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He received a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied cello with Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Wells, and chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner, Leonard Shure, and Benjamin Zander. In 2003 Mr. Costanza joined the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University, which tours extensively, performing over 100 concerts annually throughout the world. A strong proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Costanza works regularly with some of the world's most notable composers, such as John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Pierre Boulez, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, and Bright Sheng. Mr. Costanza's discography includes numerous chamber music and solo recordings on the EMI/Angel, Nonesuch, Naxos, Albany, and ArtistShare labels. In 2006, he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of major chamber works for winds and strings by Mozart. In May, 2012, Mr. Costanza released his recording of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach. This recording, presented with a diverse collection of Bach-related supplemental materials, can be found at costanzabach.stanford.edu.

Currently teaching
MUSIC 274C: Advanced Violoncello (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 174C: Violoncello (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
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