Dylan Christopher

Dylan Christopher is a pianist, composer and music educator, based in Colchester providing piano lessons, workshops and concert performance opportunities to aspirant musicians young and old.

His music has been described as “Sparkling … with just right amount of grandiose”, in terms of, fluency and engagement, rhythmic energy, in dramatic film-like episodes.

As an undergraduate, Dylan completed his music studies with honours at Colchester Institute: Centre for Performing Arts, where he studied piano with Australian pianist Lesley Young, and composition with Dr Mark Bellis, completing his teacher training under the mentorship of Phil Toms and Matthew Simpkins. There, in 2009, Dylan won Colchester Institute's Canon Jack Award for Solo Piano adjudicated by Andrew Ball. He was awarded 2nd place in The Roy Teed Cup for Composition in 2010 adjudicated by Vincent Lindsay-Clarke. After graduating, Dylan continued his personal study by receiving coaching and mentorship from Colchester-based pianist and musical director of Colchester Choral Society, Ian Ray.

An avid musician, Dylan has performed in masterclasses lead by pianists Victor Sangiorgio and Lin Lin Tao, and, showcased his compositional work to Philip Cashian, Ian Clarke, Hans Kuijt and Jeffery Wilson. More recently, Dylan has established himself as a music educator in Colchester, founding Da Capo Academy, Ltd with his wife Samantha Christopher, providing tuition, workshops and concert performance opportunities to aspirant musicians young and old. A promoter and advocate of contemporary classical music, Dylan joined the membership of Colchester New Music in 2014.

Score catalogue

Bittersweet, Op. 1 - Rondo for Piano Quartet
Three Pieces, Op. 2 - for Clarinet and Piano
Onyx, Op. 3 - Tango for Brass Quintet
Three Pieces, Op. 4 - for Clarinet and Piano
The Star, Op. 4, No. 2b - for Baritone and Piano
Five Finger Jam, Op. 5 - Warm-up for Piano Duet with Four hands
Two Pieces, Op. 6 - for Clarinet and Piano
Play It Forward!, Op. 7 - for Clarinet Ensemble and Piano
For Ellie, Op. 8 - Rondo for Solo Piano
Ocean Suite, Op. 9 - in four movements for clarinet and piano
'Colchester' Overture, Op. 10 - Concert Overture in C major for Orchestra
Moon Suite, Op. 11 - in four movements for clarinet and piano
Bossa Bossa, Op. 12 - for Saxophone Quartet
Farewell, Op. 13 - Ballade for clarinet and piano
Bittersweet, Op. 1 - Rondo for Piano Quartet
Onyx, Op. 3 - Tango for Brass Quintet
Play It Forward!, Op. 7 - for Clarinet Ensemble and Piano
'Colchester' Overture, Op. 10 - Concert Overture in C major for Orchestra
Bossa Bossa, Op. 12 - for Saxophone Quartet
Big Ben, OP. 15 - Fantasy on Westminster Chimes for Clarinet Chior
Five Finger Jam, Op. 5 - Warm-up for Piano Duet with Four hands
For Ellie, Op. 8 - Rondo for Solo Piano
Moments, Op. 14 - Twelve lyrical studies for solo piano
Three Pieces, Op. 2 - for Clarinet and Piano
Three Pieces, Op. 4 - for Clarinet and Piano
Two Pieces, Op. 6 - for Clarinet and Piano
Ocean Suite, Op. 9 - in four movements for clarinet and piano
Moon Suite, Op. 11 - in four movements for clarinet and piano
Farewell, Op. 13 - Ballade for clarinet and piano
The Star, Op. 4, No. 2b - for Baritone and Piano
'Colchester' Overture, Op. 10 - Concert Overture in C major for Orchestra
Close your eyes - from 'Buffy: the Vampire Slayer'
The Blue Danube - Arrangement of 'Waltz No 1'
At Last - from the musical film "Sun Valley Serenade"