Collaborative Pianist and Vocal Coach
Christopher Thompson joined the collaborative piano and vocal coaching staff at Lamont in 2021. He has been a member of the Lamont community since 2012, having collaborated with numerous students over the years.
He is a much sought-after pianist in the Denver area and a Colorado native. Since 2012, he has been on the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver, and previously was a staff pianist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Northwestern University School of Music, DePaul University School of Music, and Chicago College of Performing Arts (Roosevelt University). He has been on the faculty of the Lamont Summer Academy since 2016.
Professional engagements as a pianist and chamber musician have included performances at Grand Teton Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, Chicago Cultural Center, Music Institute of Chicago, WFMT, Colorado Public Radio, and at Weill Recital Hall in NYC. He has performed and recorded with such notable artists as Alex Klein, William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Amy Porter, Carol Wincenc, as well as with musicians from the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Colorado Symphony.
He has performed in master classes given by Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Warren Jones, Paula Robison, William Bennett, Midori, Gil Shaham, and Richard Stoltzman, to name a few. He worked as a coach for Opera Colorado, El Paso Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and was on the faculty of the National High School Music Institute (Northwestern University) from 2008-2010.
Mr. Thompson received a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory. Additional graduate studies were pursued at the University of Southern California and at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He received fellowships to study at the Aspen Music School and the Music Academy of the West. His teachers have included Joseph Schwartz, John Perry, Michael Chertock, Warren Jones, and Anne Epperson.