christopher glansdorp

cello & electric cello 

performance / recording

biography 

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.

Chris currently plays as Principal Cello with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, the Symphonia Boca Raton, and the Kravis Center Pops with Michael Feinstein, and as Assistant Principal with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. He maintains an active schedule performing as a Guest Musician with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina and is on the substitute rosters of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Chris has performed with the Akron Symphony, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, and in regional stops of Broadway touring productions including The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Newsies, and Matilda.

A prolific studio musician, Chris can be heard in the string section on albums including those of Busta Rhymes, Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb, Natalie Cole, Julio Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Michael Jackson, and Gloria Estefan, with solo credits on recordings of Shakira, Cristian Castro, Clay Aiken, Juan Luis Guerra, and the 2000 & 2001 Latin Grammy Record of the Year winners Alejandro Sanz and La Ley. He was 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 served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Chapter of The Recording Academy for two years.

Chris plays a cello by Nicolaus Simoutre, Mirecourt, France 1829. The cello was restored in 1999 by luthier William Fleischer and is currently strung with a full set of Pirastro Perpetual Soloist Strings, for which Chris was a development tester.

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 polyphonic pickup.