|Jazz, classical cellist/ educator/ founder New Directions Cello Association and Festival|
Chris White has been exploring new directions for the cello since the late 1970's. His performance work spans playing in an intimate duo with piano or guitar, with a jazz string quartet, or with his jazz group the Cayuga Jazz Ensemble. He has performed in Europe, Canada, and the United States. He completed a Master's Degree in Music Performance at Ithaca College. He has published articles on the history of jazz cello in STRINGS and Down Beat.Chris performed with his jazz quartet at The First World Cello Congress (June 1988) and The Quinzaine de Montreal (April 1992).
He also performs regularly as a classical player with The Binghamton (NY) Symphony and with chamber and jazz groups. An active private cello teacher, Chris is also on the faculty of The Community School of Music & Arts in Ithaca. He also gives workshops on improvisation for cellists. He founded and directs the New Directions Cello Association & Festival, which organizes an annual festival dedicated to nonclassical cello and includes Artistic Advisors f David Baker, Ron Carter, David Darling, Yo-Yo Ma, and Julian Lloyd Weber.