Christopher Moy

Christopher Moy (b. 1990) is an American classical and electric guitarist.

Christopher earned his Master of Arts in Music Performance and his Master of Advanced Studies in Contemporary Music Performance and Interpretation with the honor “con lode” at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, where he studied with classical guitarist Lorenzo Micheli. He began his musical studies at the age of four with the violin at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, Maryland. He began his classical guitar training with Franco Platino at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC and went on to earn his Bachelor of Music with professor Julian Gray at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Specialized Music Performance in Contemporary Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland, where he studies with trombonist Michael Svoboda, saxophonist Marcus Weiss, and pianist and conductor Jürg Henneberger and takes part in the “zone expérimentale” contemporary music ensemble .

Christopher has performed concerts in the US, Switzerland, Germany, France, and Italy. In 2013 he performed in Boswil, Lugano, Basel, and Ftan as the electric guitarist with the “Ensemble Boswil” contemporary music ensemble. He has also appeared several times in the ‘900presente contemporary concert series in Lugano, most recently in 2016 when he worked under Helmut Lachenmann to perform his guitar duo Salut für Caudwell. Christopher has performed in many other concert series, including Suoni Riflessi in Florence, Camerata dei Castelli in Bellinzona, KlangBasel in Basel, the John E. Marlow Guitar Series in Washington DC, and the ZeitRäume biennial for new music and architecture in Basel. He has also performed in concert at the 2016 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, and the 2017 Impuls academy for contemporary music in Graz, Austria.

Christopher won first prize in the instrumental division of the Marlin-Engel Music Competition in 2007 and grand prize in the John and Susie Beatty Classical Gutiar Competition in 2008, both in Washington DC.

In addition to classical music, Christopher studied jazz at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore with guitarist Paul Bollenback and saxophonist Gary Thomas, and was the guitarist in the Maryland All-State Jazz Band in 2008. He is currently the guitarist and singer of the jazz/rock quintet Sharp Shock, based in Lugano.