Cellist Chris Irvine made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra playing Shostakovich concerto as the result of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition. He has performed favorably in a number of competitions including the Klein International String Competition, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, youngARTS in Miami, and the Cleveland Cello Society Competition, in which Chris is the only competitor in the competition’s history to have won every prize offered, including the Agnew Prize for Bach. An avid chamber musician, Chris has performed a wide range of works for string quartet including works by Haydn, Bartok, and contemporary French composer Henri Dutilleux. He has performed two string quartets by Beethoven in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall as part of the school’s Advanced Beethoven Quartet Seminar, as well as taking part in a performance of all the Brandenburg concertos in Jordan Hall with harpsichordist John Gibbons. Chris has had the privilege of working with many esteemed chamber musicians including Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Sylvia Rosenberg, and David Geber. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory, where he studied with Paul Katz, and is currently a Master of Music candidate at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studies with Julia Lichten. Chris has also studied with Richard Aaron and Pam Kelly and has played in master classes and lessons for Truls Mørk, Gary Hoffman, Marta Casals Istomin, and Bernard Greenhouse.