Cellist Christopher Glansdorp began studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1975. After receiving performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Akron, he joined the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. As co-principal cellist for three years Chris performed on their tours of Japan and the United Kingdom and their first three CD releases.
Currently in his thirteenth season as Principal Cello with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Chris also maintains an active freelance schedule performing regularly across the entire South Florida region with ensembles including the Palm Beach Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, Florida Grand Opera, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony. Chris has performed with the Akron Symphony, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, and in local stops of Broadway touring productions including The Light in the Piazza, The Producers, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, and more.
A prolific studio musician, Chris is active in South Florida’s recording industry and is a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Recording Academy). He can be heard on hundreds of albums including those of Busta Rhymes, Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb, Scott Stapp (from the band Creed), Julio Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Michael Jackson, and Gloria Estefan. He also has solo credits on recordings of Shakira, Cristian Castro, Clay Aiken, JD Natasha, Juan Luis Guerra, the 2000 & 2001 Latin Grammy Record of the Year winners Alejandro Sanz and La Ley, and is a featured guest artist on the 2007 Latin Grammy winner Ricky Martin: MTV Unplugged, playing four songs with string quartet and three songs as solo cellist.
Chris plays a cello made by Nicklaus Simoutre in Mirecourt, France 1829. The cello was restored in 1999 by luthier William Fleischer, Miami, and is currently strung with Larsen Soloist Medium A & D strings and Larsen Wire Core G & C strings.
Chris' 5-string electric cello was custom built to the same physical dimensions as his acoustic cello by Eric Jensen of Jensen Musical Instruments, Seattle, Washington. It is made of cocobolo and ebony and is fitted with a Series 2000 Roland GK compatible polyphonic pickup.