Canadian cellist Matthew Christakos assumed the role in January


Cellist Matthew Christakos © Alice Hong

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The New York Philharmonic has appointed Canadian cellist Matthew Christakos as its new associate principal cellist, taking the titled Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in January this year.

Born in Toronto, Christakos studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists in Toronto with David Hetherington and Hans Jørgen Jensen, and later at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Peter Wiley and Gary Hoffman.

His recent accolades include the 2019 Michael Measures prize, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts; first prize in the 2017 Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival President’s Trophy Competition; and second prize in the Canadian Music Competition’s 2019 Stepping Stone. Christakos has performed as principal cellist for the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, with whom he also performed as a soloist on a tour of Canada and Spain in 2019. 

Christakos also appeared on CBC Music’s list of ‘30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30’ in 2019.

In a social media post on 12 February, the Musicians of the New York Philharmonic announced the addition of Christakos and new woodwind players to the orchestra:

‘We are so excited to keep adding fresh faces to our roster this season! Please join us in formally welcoming these fabulous musicians to the Philharmonic.’

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