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  Praised by the Washington Post for his “sparkling, highly musical” playing and by the Huffington Post for his “dazzling fireworks”, American pianist Christopher Goodpasture has established himself as a musician of inimitable and refined style.   He has performed to great acclaim in some of North America’s finest concert halls including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Sarasota Opera House in Florida, Koerner Recital Hall in Toronto, Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and the Richard M. Nixon Library and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theatre. In recent years, his solo engagements have culminated in radio broadcasts on Classical KUSC 91.5 and 88.5 KCSN and have brought him to venues in Rochester, Toronto, Nova Scotia, Chicago, San Diego, Fresno, Holland, Germany, and Beijing.  

            Christopher was the top prize recipient of the Susan Torres Competition for pianists (2012), the International Klaviersommer Competition in Germany (2011), and the Los Angeles Bicentennial Liszt Competition (2010).  Among his awards and distinctions are endowments from the Fresno Musical Club, Leni Fe Bland, and Santa Barbara Foundations.  Festival appearances include the Banff Centre, the Eastern Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions, and the Music Academy of the West, where he has had the privilege of working closely with some of the world’s leading musicians, notably Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Robert Levin, Jeremy Denk, Peter Serkin, Robert McDonald, and Klaus Hellwig.  His passion for chamber music has led to collaborations with the Schubert Ensemble of London and members of the Takacs, Ysaye, Guarneri, and Tokyo String Quartets and his trio ensemble recently was the first prize winner at the Glenn Gould Chamber Music Competition in Toronto. 

Born in Los Angeles, California, Christopher completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he studied with John Perry and Stewart Gordon and was the recipient of the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award.  He furthered his studies with John Perry, earning an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario, on a Colleen Sexsmith full scholarship.  Christopher currently is pursuing his Master's Degree as a student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he was awarded the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship

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