Christopher Lowry, guest violist

Nashville, Tennessee violinist and composer Christopher Lowry has won awards at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (2016, 2013) and his music has been performed in such major venues as Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Hall. Lowry has also been honored at the Lewisville Lake Symphony International String Competition (2015) and the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra (2012), Louisiana State University (2014, 2012), Vanderbilt University (2008) , among others. He has performed as a soloist with Lewisville Lake Symphony, Acadiana Symphony, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Nashville Sinfonietta, LSU Symphony, LSU Philharmonia, LSU Camerata, Nashville Philharmonic, and Vanderbilt University Orchestra, among others. He is a founding member of the Ars Nova String Quartet, with whom he attended the Aspen Music Festival (2011) and the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute (2012). He is currently a principal violist at the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Sinfonietta. He has also served as principal violist at Acadiana Symphony (2013-2017) and principal guest with the Amarillo Symphony (2016).

As a composer he has won several awards; the composing contests of Cypress Symphonic Band (2017), Vox Novus “Celebrating 200 Years with the West Point Band” (2017), Joliet Symphony Orchestra (2017), “The American Prize in Composition” , 2015), Alabama Symphony Orchestra (2016), Ablaze Orchestral Masters (2016), Salford International Composers Competition (2016), Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra Composition Competition (2015), and many others. His music has been recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic) for Ablaze Records (Orchestral Masters, Volume 4) and performed by the Nashville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Imperial Symphony, Nashville Philharmonic, LSU Symphony, West Point Band, Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Central Band of the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom), “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Chamber Ensemble and many others.

Lowry recently received a Ph.D. in Music Arts from Louisiana State University, where he also earned his Master’s degree; holds a bachelor’s degree from Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt University). Her main viola teachers and mentors include Elias Goldstein, Kathryn Plummer, John Kochanowski and Mary Helen Law; his leading composing masters include Dinos Constantinides, Michael Alec Rose, Michael Slayton, Michael Kurek and Stan Link.