Christopher Elton – United Kingdom
Christopher Eltons’s international recognition has come as a result of the many successes of his students at the Royal Academy of Music. Many have won international awards, including first prizes in the Van Cliburn and London World International Piano Competitions, as well as in Jaen, Newport and Dudley. Further recent successes came in recent finals of the Tchaikovsky, Leeds, Dublin, Shanghai, Munich (ARD), and Taiwan International Competitions, as well as previous major awards in the international competitions in Santander, Geneva (CIEM), Geza Anda, Leipzig Bach, New Orleans, Pozzoli, Mazaro del Vallo, Porto, Madrid, Ettlingen, and the Stravinsky Awards in the United States. Students have also been successful in the prestigious Young Concert Artists award in New York, as well as in the London Young Concert Artists Trust. Many of his students, such as Freddy Kempf, Ashley Wass, and Yevgeny Sudbin, are now successful recording artists with major contracts.
While his priority is to his work at the Academy, Mr. Elton has also been much in demand overseas both as a teacher and as a jury member for international competitions including Cliburn, Moscow Tchaikovsky, Leeds International, and many others. Within the last few years he has given masterclasses in the United States, Japan, Israel, Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, Germany, Ireland, and Vietnam, many of them for important conservatories or universities. He has also been a jury member at competitions in Germany, Japan, Romania, and Ireland as well as in the United Kingdom. As an adjudicator he has worked both in festivals and on television in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Hong Kong.
Mr. Elton was a prize winner in several British and international piano competitions and continued his studies with Maria Curcio-Diamand, playing and broadcasting regularly both as a soloist and in chamber music. At the same time he worked as a freelance cellist with the major London orchestras. During recent years he has also given recitals in the United States, Ireland, Spain, Australia, and Vietnam.
Born in Edinburgh, Mr. Elton received most of his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music, where he achieved the unusual distinction of gaining the Academy’s highest performing award — the DipRAM — on both piano and cello. He was elected a Fellow in 1983. In 2002, he received the title of Professor of the University of London.