Cellist Kristopher Duke’s passion for music transcends traditional barriers. With such wide ranging interests as motion picture soundtracks and heavy metal, Kris’ musical interests lie both where traditional classical music begins and ends, leaving no stone unturned in his tireless pursuit of truly great music. From performances at Severance Hall and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to more intimate settings such as the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Kris is committed to reaching audiences where they are.
Along with performing repertoire staples, Kristopher enjoys works of quality lesser known composers such as Ernest Bloch, Benjamin Britten, and Bohuslav Martinu. In addition, Kris is an avid advocate for the creation of new music, often collaborating with composers to compose new works for cello. For the 2015-2016 season, he performed with the Cleveland Institute of Music New Music Ensemble, where he collaborated with composers Donald Crockett and Robert Paterson. In 2016, Kristopher attended the fresh inc festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he collaborated with members of Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble in world premiere performances of three new works, in addition to focusing on entrepreneurship in the music business. Kris returned to fresh inc in 2017 where he performed two more world premieres, and began work on a multimedia concert experience focusing on cancer patients and their families.
Kristopher has performed with the Canton Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and Portland Festival Symphony orchestras, having worked with world renowned conductors such as Jahja Ling, Yoel Levi, Kimbo Ishii, and Gerard Schwarz. For the 2016-2017 season, Kris was also on the substitute list for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. In addition, Kristopher has collaborated with such artists as Mark Kosower, Douglas Schneider, Natasha Simmons, and Pamela South. He has also received many awards, including top placements at the OSSA Oregon State Solo Competition (2009, 2010) and an honorable mention at the David Popper Competition at the Cleveland Institute of Music (2015).
An avid student of the teachings of the late Hungarian cellist, Janos Starker, Kristopher received both his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Mark Kosower. Previously, he studied with Hamilton Cheifetz at Portland State University. An admirer of cats and dystopian fiction, Kris began playing the cello at the age of nine in his public school. He also enjoys camping and exploring the role of music therapy in those with developmental disorders and those battling cancer.
For more information about Kristopher, check out his Facebook page.
Joseph Sowa – Blossom Music
for voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion
David Vess – styrofoam ashes/shrine
for 6 cellos and percussion