Jones is a composer of intricately designed music that explores issues
of identity, narrative and form in distinctive, unconventional ways.
His music has been performed in North America and Europe at venues such
as the Darmstadt Ferienkurse in Germany, the Ictus International
Composition Seminar in Brussels, Merkin Hall in New York and the
Milwaukee Art Museum. Christopher has particular interest in composing
chamber music and has worked with ensembles such as the St. Lawrence
String Quartet, the Ictus Ensemble, Earplay and Ensemble Inauthentica, and
soloists such as flautist, Lisa Cella, violinist Mark Menzies and
guitarist, Magnus Andersson. Among his honors are a commission from the
Koussevitzky Foundation, awarded in 2009 for a large ensemble work for
the sfSoundGroup, and commissions from the American Composers Forum for
three chamber works in conjunction with a Composer-in-the-Schools
residency at Lowell High School in San Francisco.
An active pianist and conductor, Christopher has a strong affinity for
experimental and avant-garde music. He has given numerous premieres and
has worked individually with composers such as John Cage, Helmut
Lachenmann, Julio Estrada and Stefano Scodanibbio. He brings together
his interests in composition, performance and improvisation in his work
as pianist, conductor and co-director of sfSound, an innovative
ensemble and concert series that is redefining the boundaries of new
music in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Christopher currently resides in San Francisco, and has taught
composition and music theory at Stanford, San Francisco State and San
José State Universities. He completed his doctorate in
Stanford, where he studied with Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey,
and also earned degrees in composition from the University of Calgary,
studying with Allan Gordon Bell, and piano performance from Indiana
University and the New England Conservatory, studying with Evelyne
Brancart and Patricia Zander.