Dr. Christopher Grills
Office Hours: By Appointment
Dr. Christopher Grills has been serving our Music Director since September 2022. One of The Diapason magazine’s “20 [leading musicians] Under 30: Class of 2017”, Dr. Grills is leading a multifaceted career as piano teacher, clavichordist, harpsichordist, church and chamber musician, music director, and tuning and temperament scholar. Christopher’s affinity for the clavichord has brought him attention on the international music scene. In 2013, he performed on the clavichord at Musica Antiqua a Magnano in Italy, debuted with the Boston Clavichord Society in March 2017 with a reprise performance in March 2022, and performed three concerts at the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Finland in May 2017. He earned both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Historical Performance at Boston University under the tutelage of Peter Sykes. Christopher is the first and only person in North America to receive two graduate degrees specializing in clavichord. He has studied with early keyboard masters from around the world including John Moraitis, Anna Maria McElwain, Cristian Holtz, Bernard Brauchli, Charlotte Mattax-Moersch, Arthur Haas, Vivian Montgomery and Jory Vinikour. He particularly enjoys music of the Galant era, and performing lesser-known works. His performance with Harvard College Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro was praised by the Intelligencer as “playful and inventive continuo playing [that] bridged the gap between pit and stage, allowing the harpsichord to become nearly an extra on the set through tasteful improvisations that mirrored the characters’ moods.” He has collaborated with such names as Robert Mealy, Amanda Forsythe, Phoebe Carrai, Celine Ricci, Edicson Ruiz, and Sarah Darling. In October 2017, he and his good friend Elias Miller directed the North American premiere of Telemann’s Johannespassion of 1745 which was featured in The Boston Globe and The Boston Intelligencer.