A winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of a prestigious Solo Recitalists Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Costanza has performed to wide critical acclaim in nearly every state in the U.S., as well as the West Indies, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. His summer festival appearances include the Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Santa Fe, Taos, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Bay Chamber Concerts, Ottawa, and Bravo! Vail Valley festivals. Mr. Costanza is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He joined the SLSQ in 2003.
A strong proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Costanza works regularly with many notable composers, such as John Adams, Jonathan Berger, Osvaldo Golijov, Mark Applebaum, Pierre Boulez, Christos Hatzis, Roberto Sierra, R. Murray Schafer, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, and Bright Sheng. As a student, he had the honor of studying Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” under the guidance of the composer.
Mr. Costanza’s discography includes numerous chamber music and solo recordings on the EMI/Angel, Naxos, Innova, Albany, Summit, and ArtistShare labels. In 2006, he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of major chamber works for winds and strings by Mozart. Mr. Costanza is frequently heard on radio broadcasts worldwide. He is privileged to perform on an early 18th century Venetian cello once owned by the great cellist Emmanuel Feuermann and currently in the Stanford instrument collection.
Christopher Costanza is proud to announce the launch of a new website featuring his recent recordings of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach. http://costanzabach.stanford.edu showcases his recordings in combination with commentary, history, web links, and additional Bach-related resources. In addition to his varied musical interests, Christopher is an avid long-distance runner and hiker, a train and architecture enthusiast, and a gourmet vegetarian and vegan cook. Christopher lives with two wonderful violinists: his wife, Debra Fong, and their daughter, Isabella.