With the RPO since: 2009, but I also subbed during the 2002-2003 season
Hometown: El Cerrito, California (near Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay area)
Non-RPO activities and hobbies: Making guacamole for my late-night snack. Oh, and, together with my wife, violinist Boel Gidholm, I direct Publick Musick, a local early music ensemble and concert series.
Who were your most inspirational teachers? My childhood teachers Julie Feldman and Milly Rosner; in college and grad school: Alan Harris and Steven Doane; and in Europe: Jaap ter Linden and Pieter Wispelwey.
Favorite books/movies: Too many to list! I do always look forward to a new Wallace & Gromit movie....
What kinds of music do you enjoy listening to? Classical, including lots of early music, jazz, blues
And if you had to pick just one, what’s your favorite piece? I could never pick just one!
People would be surprised to know … that I really like the snow. I didn't have any when growing up in California and I felt very deprived.
What are your favorite restaurants in Rochester, and why? The Tap and Mallet is a favorite. It's convenient, has good food, and a fantastic beer selection. For something fancier, Lento and 2Vine are both excellent. For Indian food, I enjoy India House or the New Taj.
The RPO is essential to the Rochester community because … the symphonic repertoire includes some of the greatest expressions of our culture, but they only come alive if they are performed. Listening to a recording is great, but it's no substitute for the real thing! The concert experience that the RPO provides for the community can be fun, uplifting, thought provoking, profoundly moving, or simply good for the soul.
Favorite late-night snack: chips & salsa (&/or guacamole!)
What is your favorite way to spend your day off? Taking a walk in one of the many Rochester area parks.
What is your most memorable musical experience? Again, I could never pick just one!
BiographyCellist Christopher Haritatos holds degrees from the University of Chicago, the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Alan Harris, and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Mr. Harris and with Steven Doane. Before joining the RPO in 2009, he had been a member of numerous other orchestras including the Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra (including as Acting Principal and Interim Principal cellist), and the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and taught at Texas State University-San Marcos. As a baroque cellist, Chris studied with Jaap ter Linden as a Fulbright Scholar at the Akademie für Alte Musik in Bremen, Germany, and has played with numerous early music groups throughout Northern Europe and North America. He is Co-director of Publick Musick and cellist of the baroque chamber ensemble Fioritura.