Violinist

Christopher Lewis Cropsey began his studies in music at the age of four with the distinguished violinist, Yosef Yankelev. His primary violin teachers include Suzzane Patenaude, Michael Emery and Mark Lakirovich, as well as master-classes and summer festival lessons with Sherry Kloss, William Depasquale, Mischa Lakirovich and Victor Abramian.

In 2005, Chris won the Guilderland High School Concerto Competition, and performed the first movement of Symphonie Espagnole by E. Lalo with the GHS Symphony Orchestra. He was chosen "Runner-Up" in the Lois Lyman Concerto Competition in 2006, and with the Empire State Repertory Orchestra, he performed Mozart's Violin Concerto in A Major.  The following year, Chris was invited to perform a solo with Albany Pro-Musica in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY.

Chris was a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra for five years, and has performed with a variety of orchestras including the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Albany Pro-Musica Orchestra and the Longy Chamber Orchestra. Chris attended the School of Orchestra Studies in the summer of 2005 and was chosen for the Assistant Concertmaster position. In addition, he served as Concertmaster for the Suburban Council Orchestra in February 2006. 

Chris graduated with Honors from Guilderland High School, and received the National School Orchestral Award and the “Semper Fidelis” Bandsman Scholarship Award.

Chris participated in various summer music festivals including the New York State Summer School of the Arts: School of Orchestral Studies held in Saratoga, NY (2005), the "Music Institute for the Development of Personal Style, in Memory of Jasha Heifetz" held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (2007) and the "Music on the Rhine International Summer Music Academy and Festival" held in Düsseldorf, Germany (2008).

In June 2012, Chris graduated from the 'Longy School of Music of Bard College' with an undergraduate diploma in violin performance. While at Longy, he studied violin with Mark Lakirovich.

Chris now lives in the greater Albany area with plans to teach private lessons, perform recitals, conduct masterclasses and play with various ensembles.



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