Our Leader - Christopher Horner

Christopher Horner

Christopher Horner was born in London and studied violin at the Centre for Young Musicians, Pimlico with Deryck Wareing, Henry Rubin and Eva Graubin. He furthered his studies with Eva Graubin whilst a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Surrey University and as a postgraduate in Barcelona. He has also received coaching advice from Hugh Bean.


Christopher Horner has played as a recitalist, chamber musician and freelancer throughout the UK, Europe, Southern Africa (where he has broadcast on SABC TV), and more recently in India. Pianists with whom he works include John Lenehan, Lauretta Bloomer and Peter O’Hagan. He has worked extensively as a member of many chamber and symphony orchestras. Chamber ensembles include the PM Ensemble Cardiff and the contemporary music group Soundwaves, Durban, South Africa.


He performs a wide-ranging repertoire and over the last few years has given the UK premieres of the works for violin and piano by the Lithuanian composer Juozas Gruodis (1884-1948) whose compositions remain virtually unknown outside of his native country. In 2004, in recognition of his advocacy of Gruodis, he had the distinction of being invited by the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius to give a recital with pianist Zoe Smith which attracted much praise from authorities on the composer.


Christopher was invited to teach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1999, subsequently becoming Deputy Head of Strings the following year. He left the post in 2009 in order to return to a freelance career. He teaches violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Department, at Monmouth School for Girls, Monmouth School for Boys and privately.


During 2019 he has been giving recitals throughout the UK with pianist Lauretta Bloomer and guitarist John Mills.   He is in increasing demand as an adjudicator at competitions and festivals in the UK and overseas and is a UK and International Music Examiner for Trinity College London.


His CD of the Works for Violin and Piano by Juozas Gruodis with pianist John Lenehan is available on the Discovery Music and Vision and amazon websites via the following links:


  • http://www.discoverymusicandvision.com/cddetail.php?cat_number=DMV113 
  • http://www.amazon.co.uk/ -Violin-Piano-Christopher-Horner/dp/B00PHE8UD8/ref=... 


He has written articles for the European String Teachers Association and New Choral Bulletin, and his edition of the Gruodis Violin Sonata was published by the Lithuanian Music and Information Publishing Centre in 2016.




“Christopher Horner is a very fine violinist and musician of  wide experience and broad outlook. He has a good sense of communication when performing. His violin playing evinces a serious and sincere musicianship and a well-founded technique which result in performances of intelligence and musical  integrity.”
Hugh Bean CBE


“Towering challenge of technical virtuosity met with an admirable artistry. Impressive…moods of tenderness, nostalgia, mystery, fun and frolic conveyed in generous measure leaving us certainly wanting more.”  Western Mail Cardiff


“A violinist of intellect and distinction.” Peter Esswood, Cellist and Chairman of ESTA 2002-2004


“The gyrations of a bird in flight were skilfully depicted by violinist Christopher Horner in The Lark Ascending”  Gloucestershire Echo


“I and my Lithuanian colleagues were particularly taken with your brilliant playing of the sonata for violin and piano by Juozas Gruodis. You have masterfully solved all its problems. Your interpretation was not only technically flawless but also very interesting and convincing”  Algirdas Ambrazas Ethnomusicologist and Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music




Concerto No 1 in a minor
Concerto No 2 in E major

Concerto in D major Op.61

Concerto in g minor Op.26

Concerto in a minor

Concerto in G major


Concerto in e minor Op.64

Concerto No 3 in G major K.216
Concerto No 4 in D major K.218
Concerto No 5 in A major K.219

Concerto No2 in g minor

Concerto in B flat major

Concerto in D major Op.35

The Lark Ascending

Concerto No 22 in a minor



Sonatas for violin and keyboard
Six Sonatas and Partitas  for Solo Violin

Sonatas for violin and piano
No1 Op.12
No 3 Op.12
Op30 No2
Op30 No3

Sonatina and Toccata

Sonata Op.78 in G major
Sonata Op.100 in A major
Sonata Op.108 in d minor

MERVYN BURTCH Mobile for violin and guitar


Suite Populaire Espagnole, with either piano or guitar

Sonata in A major

Sonata in A major HANDEL
Six sonatas for violin and keyboard

Sonata in d minor
Song of the Sea,

A la Chopin

Oriental Dance and Waltz

Theme and Variations

PAGANINI Sonata Concertata and Cantabile for violin and guitar

Five Melodies and Sonata for solo violin Op 115

Sonata in G major
Sonate Posthume

Sonata Pimpante
Capriccio for solo violin
Serenade to the Dawn for violin and guitar

3 Sonatinas and Duo sonata in A major Op 162

CLARA SCHUMANN Three Romances Op.22 

STRAUSS Sonata Op.18
Suite Italienne

Meditation, Scherzo and Melody

 Sonata No1 in d minor Op51
Sonata No2 “Española” Op.82

Sonatas in A major and g minor

Sonatas No1 in g minor
No3 in d minor for solo violin


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