CHRISTIAN GARRICK is an improvising violinist, a composer and a bandleader. He is active on the international concert circuit and on the London studio session scene. He is a professor of jazz and non-classical violin at three of London’s major music conservatoires – the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music.
Born in 1971, he was brought up in a musical maelstrom of a household — his father, Michael Garrick, played jazz piano, composing music all day and night-long, while in the next room, his mother, Susan Robinson, taught piano and clarinet peripatetically. At the age of 8, he met Stephane Grappelli at The Stables in Wavendon, an encounter that would influence him and his playing enormously. He learnt the violin from the best teachers, studied at the Royal Academy of Music (first class honours in performance) and was playing professionally from the age of 16.
He has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy, Julian Joseph, Bireli Lagrene, Dolly Parton, All About Eve, Van Morrison, Luka Bloom, Martin Taylor, Brian Ferry & Caro Emerald, as well as the Dankworths and of course John Etheridge. He has recorded a number of solo albums, as well as CDs with his quartet, with Sweet Chorus and, his latest, a duo with pianist David Gordon.