Christopher Phillpott, violoncello & viola da gamba
Christopher Phillpott performs regularly on cello, baroque cello, and viola da gamba while maintaining a studio of over sixty students in the Frisco Independent School District. He has performed with such ensembles as the Dallas Bach Society, Denton Bach Players, Orchestra of New Spain, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Tallahassee Bach Parley, the Early Music America Young Performer’s Festival Ensemble (Boston, MA), and for special events with the New England chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in cello performance and a master’s degree in musicology from Texas Christian University, as well as an Early Music Certificate from the Florida State University. During his graduate studies at TCU and FSU, Mr. Phillpott researched and presented extensively on the emerging French cello repertoire of the early 18th century, having earned the Michael Winesanker Musicology Grant which allowed him to travel to and consult the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Other scholarly topics of interest include Frank Zappa, literary themes in the music of Schumann and Schubert, and the music of the Counter-Reformation, on which he has presented for the Society for American Music and national and regional conferences for the American Musicological Society.