Cellist Christopher Rex Obituary – A cellist from the United States has died

Death: Founder member of the Atlanta-based Georgian Chamber Players and the Christiania Trio dead – Christopher Rex, a cellist from the United States, died on March 22, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a long-serving principal cello with the Atlanta Symphony and performed with other notable orchestras in the United States.

Rex was a founder member of the Atlanta-based Georgian Chamber Players and the Christiania Trio, which included Atlanta Symphony concertmaster David Coucheron and pianist Julie Coucheron. He founded the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Madison Chamber Music Festival, as well as serving as their artistic director.

According to thestrad.com, At the Curtis Institute of Music, Rex studied with Orlando Cole, and at the Juilliard School, he studied with cellist Leonard Rose. He began his orchestral career with a number of regional symphony orchestras before joining Eugene Ormandy’s Philadelphia Orchestra in 1972.

He was the orchestra’s youngest member at the age of 21, and he stayed with the group for seven seasons. For the next 39 seasons, he was the principal cello of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He also performed with the New York Philharmonic, notably on a European tour in 1988 as a main cellist.

In 1994, he and his violinist brother Charles, who was associate concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic at the time, gave the world premiere of Stephen Paulus’ The Veil of Illusion, a double concerto. The official obituary of the deceased stated above as not been released at the time of this publication.

 

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