ARTIST • ADVOCATE • PHILANTHROPIST • ENTREPRENEUR
Christopher Coritsidis has been named as being “one of the most promising violin talents to emerge from Europe, Asia and USA in the past twenty years…” and as an artist possessing a “flawless technique and boundless imagination…” (London Times)
Since making his concert debut at the age of eleven with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Coritsidis has performed internationally with orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Orchestre de Toulouise, Il Solisti Veneti, Metropolitan Baroque Orchestra, National Orchestra of Russia, Finland Kuhmo Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, SAR Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and many more.
Highly devoted to chamber music, Christopher Coritsidis has been invited and performed at various festivals around the world including the Verbier Festival, Aurora Chamber Music Festival, Sienna Winter Festival, Accademia Chigiana, Gdansk Summit Musicaux, Schlern Music Festival, Aix en Provence, Academy of Music. He has appeared on some of the world’s most famous stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Minato Hall, the Het Concetgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philharmonie in Berlin.
Christopher Coritsidis was born in New York, USA and began studying at the age of eight under Prof. Manuel Tsynman. In 2005, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School and later continued his studies with Prof. Boris Kuschnir in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Coritsidis has worked with such artists as Ana Chumachenco, Yuri Bashmet, Gary Hoffman, Mikhail Kopelman, Andras Schiff, Lawrence Power, Torleif Thedéen and numerous others.
In September 2002, Mr. Coritsidis organized a music festival to benefit the families of those killed in the 2001 World Trade Center attacks in New York City. He became an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2015 to further its mission in finding a cure.
In 2016, Christopher founded the Opus 1 Foundation - an organization that believes in the power of the arts to inspire individuals, change communities, and combat current issues around the globe. To learn more about the foundation, please visit the Opus 1 Foundation Website.
"A fully-fledged violinist with full technical control, imagination and... [an] incredible joy for performance."
- Der WDR Zeitung
"So young and... gifted. Violinist Christopher Coritsidis proved himself to be an astoundingly expressive musical interpreter. In contrast to many of his peers who are marketed as stars and hailed as such, Mr. Coritsidis is far more than a promising talent. Above all the passionate, expressive music seems to run in the blood of this young American... he excited the audience with his artistic maturity, technical mastery and a display of glowing intensity"
- St. Petersburg Gazetta
“My grandmother, Anna, and her illness shaped the lives of those around her… and I believe for the better. I’ve learned to be grateful for the challenges of life, as well as the simpler things, and the lessons we come to learn through them. It’s because of her that I welcome every path that life sets out for me to walk. My grandmother didn’t have that luxury - which is why I choose to take those extra steps for her today, tomorrow and every day.”
Hearlded as "one of the most talented violinists to emerge from the USA, Europe and Asia in the past twenty years." Christopher Coritsidis has shared his talents on and off stage by drawing awareness to a variety of social issues worldwide. He consistently donates concert fees and performs benefit concerts under the belief that "it's not enough to give a performance and go home... you have a responsibility to your audience; an even greater one to society."
In November 2015, Christopher became an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. His grandmother, Anna, is known to have suffered from the secondary progressive form of the disease for nearly 40 years. He works with the society to promote awareness for MS and advocate for healthcare advancements and policy reforms to aid those with neurological and autoimmune diseases.
Learn more about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society here.
OPUS I FOUNDATION
"In 2016, as the outreach tour came to a close for Ghetto Classics in Kenya, I decided to form Opus 1 Foundation with the vision that artists have a place in the world beyond concert halls, theaters and galleries. Today, I believe artists to be effective agents of possibility & architects of change. They have a unique place in our global society; artists are the storytellers of our rich, diverse traditions and the visionaries shaping our collective world experience. They have the power to communicate beyond the limited languages of nation, race, creed, orientation and class — they speak universally to all hearts and souls.
Together, artists can impact our world like no one else."
Opus 1 Foundation raises awareness and delivers creative solutions for global issues through the power of the arts.
Founded by Christopher Coritsidis in 2016, the artist-driven organization has sought to promote free expression, foster a deeper understanding of the human experience, and provide a fresh lens on persistent problems and emerging challenges in diverse communities.
We believe the arts and artists have an important role to play in civic exchanges and social movements - bringing attention to social, economic, and political problems; breaking down barriers; helping society heal after hardship and crisis; and offering hope for a brighter future. Artists are true innovators that spark creativity, inspiration, and imagination.
The movement towards a more equitable, conflict-free ecosystem begins with a focus on community building and social impact; advancing society through creative projects and innovative programs.
Opus 1 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity as defined by the United States Department of Internal Revenue Services.