Christopher Costanza has enjoyed a varied and exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Mr. Costanza is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied cello with Laurence Lesser, David Wells, and Bernard Greenhouse, and chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner, and Leonard Shure.A winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of a prestigious Solo Recitalists Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Costanzahas performed throughout the world.
Mr. Costanza joined the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 2003, and tours extensively with that ensemble, performing over 100 concerts annually throughout the world. He is an Artist in Residence at Stanford University. A strong proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Costanza works regularly with some of the world’s most notable composers. He had the honor of studying Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” under the guidance of the composer.
Mr.Costanza’s discography includes numerous chamber music and solo recordings on the EMI, Naxos, Albany, Summit, and ArtistShare labels. In 2006, he received a Grammy nomination for his recording. Additionally, several St. Lawrence String Quartet recordings have also been nominated for Juno awards. Mr. Costanza is frequently heard on radio broadcasts worldwide, including the CBC in Canada, NPR in the United States, and on various European broadcasting networks.