Christopher Waltham grew up in a musical environment and, aged 7, began to study the cello.
Having been a member of youth orchestras in Cambridge and in Kent, he won a place with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, where he stayed for four years. Here he met Jan Latham Koenig and, together with two others, started exploring the quartets of Bartók, Janáček and Webern.
In turn this led him towards analysis of scores, particularly of music written after 1945.
Christopher was encouraged to write having met Pierre Boulez through the NYO. Thereafter he won a scholarship to Oxford where his tutors, Robert Sherlaw Johnson and Frederick Sternfeld, gave him a solid grounding in composition techniques and history. He continued to play the cello and to conduct, particularly works of the 20th century.
He settled for a time in Aix-en-Provence, writing music for theatre groups and auditioned successfully for Toulouse’s Orchestre du Capitole.
For the last 40 years, Christopher has been playing the standard orchestral repertoire, at home and on tour in Europe, North and South America, and in Asia, as well as performing up to 10 operas a year at the Théâtre du Capitole, and in festivals in Paris, Orange, Athens and elsewhere.
For the last 35 years he has been a chamber music and orchestra coach firstly at the Toulouse Conservatory, and more recently at the Higher Arts Institute (ISDAT) in Toulouse.
In the meantime, he continues writing and performing his own music, and arranging that of others.