Christopher Carrington grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and New York City. The richness of these diverse cultures is fused into his musical character and training along with the influence of his parents, both professional musicians (cellist and opera singer). The pop music explosion of the sixties provided a perfect compliment for a devotion to the guitar, and at that time Chris was already playing the violin, piano and the Venezuelan "quatro", a small four course guitar. Upon entering college, Chris decided to "get serious" with the study of classical guitar. His teachers include: Oscar Ghiglia, Aaron Shearer, Manuel Barrueco, Andres Segovia, and Robert Guthrie.
Chris is an active luthier (guitar builder) as well, hand-building
15-20 instruments a year. His specialty: crafting concert
classical guitars, and electro-acoustic/MIDI interfacing. He performs on his own guitars exclusively and sells the rest,
many over the internet to professionals, collectors and serious students.
Winner of the SMU Concerto Competition
Winner of the Dallas Symphony Artists Guild Award
Featured as Solo Guitarist:
- Nationally televised Concert in Moscow, Russia, at the Kremlin Palace,
commemorating the 850th birthday of the city of Moscow, with Al Dimeola.
film: The US/Mexican War
performed all classical guitar music
On the Border
Churches Fried Chicken
with guitar legend Al DiMeola
500 international concert appearances.
2 CDs on Mesa Blue Moon (World Synfonia)
with the Heidelberg Chamber
50 soloist performances in Europe.
Vivaldi concertos, Pagannini Trios
with Ovation/Takamine Guitars
100 international appearances as performer/clinician
specializing in Guitar Synthesizer application
The Dallas Symphony
The Fort Worth Symphony
The Dallas Bach Society
The Dallas Opera
Dallas Shakespeare Festival (Music Director, 1989)
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Mansion on Turtle Creek,
the Fairmont Hotel,
the Loews Anatole,
the City Club, the 500 inc.,
the Petroleum Club,
Comments from around town:
--the most exciting guitar
player to listen to in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Enric Madriguerra, Guitar Dept. Chairman, Eastfield Coll.
--he constantly displays
a level of talent and innate musicality far beyond the average.
He is a brilliant guitarist whose level of natural gift places him among the few most talented I have ever worked with.
Chris is a marvellously versatile performer in various areas of popular music.
Robert Guthrie, Guitar Dept. Chairman, SMU
--Mr. Carrington has always
impressed me with his versatility to play not only the classical guitar
but also to cross over to pop styles of playing. This is why I hired him
to be the Ovation/Takamine product specialist and Clinician.
David Bergstrom, Mgr. Fretted products, Kaman Co.
--one of the most talented
musicians I have ever had the fortune to know.
He possesses a startling virtuostic technique, and is the only superb classical guitarist I have ever known
who is also a creative and dynamic improvisor...
Thomas Johnson, Guitar Dept. Chairman, NTSU
--an excellent classical
guitarist also proficient in many other styles, including jazz, rock,
flamenco and folk music.
His innate musicality comes through in his playing of all styles of music.
Cynthia Folio, Professor of Flute, Music Theory, Temple U.
--I hired Chris to play guitar
in the orchestra for Man of la Mancha when
I was conductor.
His versatility on the instrument was nothing short of dazzling.
John Stewart, Chairman, Humanities Div., Eastfield Coll.
--I just wanted to thank
you again for playing at KERA's U.S.-Mexican War
preview screening and reception.
The event was a huge success and your music created the perfect ambiance!
Seveal people commented that evening on how wonderful the music was. Your talents truly added to the evening.
I hope we can work together in the future.
Promotions Manager, KERA, KDTN