馬素爾 Christopher Marshall簡介
Christopher was born in France of New Zealand parents, receiving his early music education in New South Wales, Australia. He holds a Masters Degree in Music with Honours from Auckland, New Zealand and a Fellowship in Composition from Trinity College, London. He has twice held the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago, New Zealand and in 1996 was Fulbright Composer in Residence at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Prior to taking up these positions he spent three years teaching and composing in the South Pacific island nation, Samoa, and for ten years prior to that taught English to Indochinese refugees in Auckland.
As one would expect with such a diverse background, many influences can be heard in Christopher’s works, from Bach and Brahms to traditional Polynesian music, particularly Maori chant. The foundation of Christopher’s style is his strong belief that music is primarily a means of expressive communication with the listener. His works feature singable, memorable melody coupled with a subtle use of the tonal harmonic system, embedded in a convincing formal structure.
Christopher spent the last eight years at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, singlehandedly building up a highly successful composition studio from scratch. Students of this program have won prestigious national competitions and, even as undergraduates, have had works published nationally.