BIO

Christian Colberg began his musical studies at the age of five in his native Puerto Rico.  Known for his versatility, Colberg excels as a violinist and violist, and has garnered accolades as a composer and a conductor. He is currently the Principal Viola of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, holding the Louise D. & Louis Nippert Chair. 

Prior to joining the CSO he was the Assistant Principal Viola of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music, having studied under the tutelage of Charles Libov and Shirley Givens..

Colberg played his New York City debut under the auspices of Música de Cámara Inc. in 1992 to excellent reviews, which described him as an artist with "real romantic ardor, charm and a good deal of brilliance…" (Strings Magazine). He has made a strong impact on audiences and critics alike, which is best described by the music critic of Orpheus Magazine of Berlin: "Christian Colberg exhibited a dynamic temperamental flair, and sparks from his fiery playing agitated the atmosphere and the audience response."

Recipient of numerous awards, including the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation Fine Arts grant, Colberg has also been recognized by the House of Representatives and the Senate of Puerto Rico for his achievements in the classical music field.  He has been a featured soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and San Salvador Symphony Orchestra. 

Since 2014, Mr. Colberg has performed as Principal Viola with the Bellingham Festival of Music and recently has become a regular performer with the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Sitka, Alaska. In 2018, he was invited to perform as Principal Viola with the Aspen Music Festival as a Visiting Faculty Member.  Christian Colberg has held teaching positions at both the Peabody Institute of Music, as well as the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

As an active chamber musician, Mr. Colberg has collaborated with such artists as, Marvin Hamlish, Gary Karr, Milton Katims, Augustin Hadelich, Samuel Sanders, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, and the Muir, Cypress and Ariel String Quartets.  He has also performed on the Linton Chamber Music Series, and is a frequent guest artist with the Silk Road Festival in China.

In October 2018, Mr. Colberg performed one of his most recent compositions, Viola Concerto, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. (Read review in Cincinnati Business Courier.) He has performed this work with numerous orchestras, including the Puerto Rico Conservatory Orchestra and Musica de Camara in New York City. The second movement of his concerto, Aldonza, was used as the competition piece for the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition. In June of 2018, his newest work, The Rant - For Two Violas, will be premiered at the International Viola Congress in Los Angeles.

In his spare time he enjoys a good espresso, photography, home renovation projects and playing electric guitar and drums.  

© 2018 Christian Colberg

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