Christian Howes

Columbus, OH & Asheville, NC

Named top 3 in the Downbeat Critics Poll in his category and nominated Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association, Christian Howes takes the violins far beyond its traditional classical repertoire. From jazz, gospel, a touch of latin, to bluegrass and Americana, Christian Howes is a versatile musician highly recognized as one of the pioneers of improvisation [for strings].  Among many accolades, his 2015 release, “American Spirit” was named among the Best Jazz Albums of 2015″ by the Huffington Post. This summer, Christian celebrates over 1 million views on his Youtube channel with the highly anticipated: Flipping Bach's Violin Partita.

Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings,” a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects. He endorses Yamaha violins and D’Addario strings.


Solo With Loops 

Christian Howes displays a wide range of possibilities with loop pedals, from reworkings of Appalachian, Classical, Jazz, and popular songs. 

Creative Strings

Former Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Christian Howes is widely established as one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists. A Suzuki-trained, accomplished classical violinist as well, he brings a unique perspective enabling him to help classically trained string players and teachers broaden their knowledge and skills. His cohesive curriculum in improvisation, composition, eclectic styles, and strings technology is geared for students and teachers to take away actionable knowledge. 90% of his workshops involve students with instruments in hand. 

Students need not be studying a string instrument, however, they must be proficient in their instrument of study. 

Clinic topics include: Improvisation, Composition, Loop Technology, Music Business. 

American Spirit

Their shows offer a mix of gospel, swing, and jazz that places inspiration over technique and makes listeners feel good.
(Available in duo or quartet with bass and drums).

Southern Exposure Christian Howes Quintet

This program features a fusion of modern jazz with a passionate mix of “southern” cultures including Argentinian tango, Brazilian choro and bossa, and Spanish flamenco.

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