Christopher Leigh is an American flutist and classical crossover artist with a twist of pop/rock fusion. A classically trained musician, Christopher Leigh is taking music, that many find dull and boring, and kicking it into high gear!
She started taking piano lessons at around 10 years old. A year later, needing an instrument for junior high band, she began flute lessons. Over the years, she's studied various other instruments including guitar and oboe. She can even play a bit of harmonica. But, ever since she first picked up the flute, it has been her instrument of choice.
She studied flute performance at the University of Central Arkansas earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees Flute Performance. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Southern Mississippi.
It was at the University of Southern Mississippi where her flute professor, Danilo Mezzadri, encouraged her to pursue her passion for Classical Crossover music, something she picked up the first time she heard the string quartet Bond and later violinist Vanessa Mae. She has also been influenced by British flute composer, Ian Clarke,
a contemporary of rock flute legend Ian Anderson.
What is unique about Christopher Leigh is, unlike other crossover instrumental artists, like Bond, 2Cellos or David Garrett, is that she is not a string player! She's more like a flute version of Lindsey Stirling – without the stomp!
Christopher Leigh fuses pop/rock with traditional classical works. Her debut album, INFRARED, takes classical works like Habenera from the opera Carmen and Tartini's Devil's Trill and transforms them like you've never heard them before. You may hear others doing flute covers of pop/rock songs, but not like this. Check out her cover of David Essex’s “Rock On.” And yes, that’s a flute, not an electric guitar!
Her second album, Christmas at Home, is a silky smooth, jazzy compilation of Christmas favorites.
Christopher Leigh's current project is a collaberation with Kevin Blake Goodwin of FretMonkey Recording Studio to create original music for, an as yet untitled, new album. Her first FretMonkey Records release is a single titled From the Ashes. From the Ashes and a second work in progress called, The In Between, represent a departure from her classical influence, transitioning into a more electronic sound.
"Christopher Leigh is a phenomenal flutist and a true talent. Her unique sound can make even the most seasoned musicians melt."
Eric Chesher, Infrared Studios
"I was fortunate to work with Christopher Leigh on her first music video. Her talent is incredible, but her professionalism and passion for what she does are just as impressive."
Houston Mathews, Slowhand Films
Video produced by FretMonkey Studios
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