Chris Howlett is a cellist, festival director and producer. He graduated in 2007 at the top of his class with First Class Honors at the University of Melbourne which included semester on scholarship in Vienna with Howard Penny. Following graduation and launching his professional career he continued to take lessons in London with Richard Lester as part of the McKenna Fellowship and was part of the performance class at the Australian National Academy of Music.
Chris has been described as “…one of Australia’s finest emerging talents” and has been a finalist and prize winner at a number of chamber music competitions including the prestigious Trio di Trieste International Competition, the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition and The Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition.
As a cellist his focus is on chamber music performances with the trio as well as duo performances of the cello Sonata repertoire with close friends. He performs regularly at a number of Australian festivals and has performed concertos around the world. Chris has also performed concerti with both symphonic and chamber orchestras in Milan, Rome, Paris, Estonia and Melbourne.
Chris is Festival Director of the Sanguine Estate Music Festival which has now established as one of Australia’s leading chamber music festivals, is held over two weekends in Bendigo and Heathcote and has an active Community outreach program with him working closely with the City of Greater Bendigo about creating the opportunities of Chamber Music and educational forums to the less fortunate. The festival was a finalist in the 2014 Victoria Tourism Awards.
He is Artistic Director of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation’s Music in the Round Festival which has re-established itself as one of Melbourne’s leading boutique festivals and he is also the Artistic Curator of the 3MBS Fine Music’s yearly Marathon bringing together over 80 musicians and 200 volunteers to raise money for 3MBS and present 14 hours of concerts in one single day.
He is founder and Executive Producer of Australian International Productions and Australian International Opera Company which presents over 120 concerts in China per year including Opera, Orchestral, Drama, Recital and Music Theatre.
He is also currently Chairman of 3MBS Radio Station and Chairman of PATMA Educational Concerts.
“dangerously exposed but meet every challenge thrillingly…”
The Age, 4 out of 5 Star Review
Chris performs on a Thomas Kennedy English Cello made in 1820.