Dr. Chris Ferrara, violin
Brooklyn-based violinist Christopher Ferrara has toured throughout the United States and Europe, gaining international recognition as a noted chamber musician and sought-after teacher. Dr. Ferrara began his formal training at the age of twelve with the esteemed pedagogue, Dora Marshall Mullins. He was introduced to chamber music when he began attending James Madison University for his undergraduate studies under Dr. Wanchi Huang. He later transferred to East Carolina University to continue his studies under the prominent chamber musician and pedagogue, Ara Gregorian.
As a passionate chamber musician, Dr. Ferrara has performed in many respected music festivals including the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Beethoven Institute, and Bayview Music Festival. He has collaborated with artists such as Robert McDonald, Benjamin Hochman, Nickolas Chords, Min-Young Kim, Melissa Reardon, Paul Watkins, and Philip Setzer. Partnered with the Governor’s School for the Arts, he is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Ferrara Chamber Music Festival based in Norfolk, VA which seeks to give young blossoming artists the opportunity to learn, teach, and perform.
Combining his love for chamber music, tech, and video games, Dr. Ferrara spent several years as the A/V engineer and first violinist of the Triforce Quartet. The quartet gained international acclaim and concertizes throughout the US and abroad performing at large conventions including the Smithsonian American Arts Institute, MAGFest, Penny Arcade Expo, DragonCon, and iDig Music Festival, among others. Dr. Ferrara is a recurring guest artist with Video Games Live, Capcom Live, and the Video Game Orchestra, as well as a recording artist with the Materia Collective and SoundTrek Boston; most notably having recorded for the Final Fantasy XV soundtrack released in 2017.
As a pedagogue, Dr. Ferrara holds a private studio in New York and is currently on faculty at the Music Academy of Long Island, Long Island Conservatory, and Great Neck Conservatory teaching violin, viola, and chamber music. He has given master classes in chamber music throughout the East Coast and has taught undergraduate chamber music at Stony Brook University.
Dr. Ferrara received his Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University and Master of Music degree at Stony Brook University. He received his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Violin Performance at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of the Emerson Quartet and world-renowned virtuoso and pedagogue, Hagai Shaham.
He is very excited to join Videri String Quartet in their Fall 2018 season.
Photo by Vicky Hyunjin Lee