Christopher Ferrer, Principal Cello

Christopher Ferrer is a member of Lakeshore Rush and principal cellist of Camerata Chicago, originally joining the orchestra in 2006.

Christopher has toured, recorded and performed internationally as an orchestral and chamber musician. His recording credits include the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s Chiraq and music for the 2020 film Dreaming Grand Avenue. He has performed with bands such as My Morning Jacket and Chance the Rapper – as well as with ensembles such as the Chicago Children’s Chorus, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Florida Orchestra and Picosa. Christopher traveled as solo cellist for the Broadway North American Tour of West Side Story, giving performances throughout the United States and Canada. He is also featured as a guest artist on the award-winning album American Melting Pot as part of the premier recording of Ilya Levinson’s Shtetl Scenes for piano trio.

As a member of Lakeshore Rush, Christopher presents classical chamber works alongside the music of living composers, including premiers and new commissions by Laura Schwendinger, Beth Bradfish, and Amos Gillespie. Projects over the past seven seasons include residency at Avaloch Farms Music Institute and performances for Merit School of Music, Thirsty Ears, the Chicago Composers’ Consortium, New Music Chicago and the George Crumb festival at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Born in Valencia, Venezuela, Christopher began studying cello through the Community School for the Arts in Wheaton, IL at the age of seven and was later a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Hall School Baroque Festival Orchestra. He attended the Royal College of Music in London and Northern Illinois University, studying with many cellists in private lesson and master class including Ann Griffin, John Sharp, Cheng-Hou Lee, Yehuda Hanani, Alastair Blayden and Alexander Boyarsky.