Christopher Knopp is a classical pianist from British Columbia, Canada. He studied with Jane Hayes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and with Stéphane Lemelin and Ilya Poletaev at Mcgill’s Schulich School of Music, graduating in 2020 with his B.Mus. During this time he won many prizes and scholarships, including first prize at the Kiwanis Provincial Competition in B.C. and full scholarships from both schools. He has performed as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and soloist for concert series in Quebec and British Columbia, and works as a collaborative pianist and teacher in the Montreal and Vancouver areas.
Recent performance highlights include Mozart’s Concerto in D minor, K 466 with Christopher Goudreault conducting, Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble Citerea and recitals for Tom Lee Music, Oasis Musicales Montreal and MüzeWest Concerts Vancouver. He has also produced his own events, and particularly enjoys the intimate dynamics of house concerts, where he is able to interact and engage with audiences. This was most recently put into practice in his house concerts with Emma Grant-Zypchen, cellist, with whom he spent a season performing the Rachmaninoff cello sonata in house concerts as well as other events.
Christopher is also a devoted educator. In B.C., he taught a studio of up to 20 pianists, from beginners to advanced players. He also co-founded St. George’s Children’s choir in 2015, which he accompanied for two years before leaving for Montreal. He believes that music can bring out the best in people, and strives to create circumstances where that can happen through all of his playing and teaching.