About

Christopher Collings is a free-lance trumpet player and composer specialized in performing and creating contemporary music.

In 2019, Christopher received his master degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he studied with Marco Blaauw. He was a soloist in the aus Licht production of the Holland Festival where he played the main role Michael in the first act of DONNERSTAG AUS LICHT staged by Pierre Audi. This opera marathon was stretched over three days covering highlights of Karlheinz Stockhausens cycle LICHT in collaboration with the Dutch National Opera and the Stockhausen Foundation and was performed several times in the Gashouder in Amsterdam. 

Additionally to his main studies with Marco Blaauw, he also studied natural trumpet with Susan Williams and jazz trumpet with Rik Mol.

 

Before his studies in The Hague, Christopher graduated in classical trumpet at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin in the class of Bill Forman and worked with orchestras like Kammerakademie Potsdam, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the education department of the Berlin Philharmonic.

 

Besides his classical and jazz background Christopher was an original member of Studio Musikfabrik, coached and guided by the members of Ensemble Musikfabrik.  With these young musicians he played at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, Donaueschinger Musiktage and concerts in Singapur, Thailand and Malaysia.

 

Christopher received the Thomas Stevens Memorial Scholarship to attend the 2019 Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar in the United States where he performed US premieres of young European composers that he collaborated with at the Darmstadt Summer Course in 2018 at a Trumpet-Composer workshop under the direction of Marco Blaauw and Rebecca Saunders.

 

Apart from performing Christopher composed pieces for the Trumpets aus Licht Ensemble, the Kaolin Trio or solo works for his own shows. 

In his master thesis, he has been researching and developing extended playing techniques on the trumpet and is currently integrating these results in an interdisciplinary performance series based on his research results combining different art forms such as fine arts, live visuals, electronic processing and body movement. 

© 2019 Christopher Collings
photographs by Katie Clark