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.