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About Christian Howes

Home bases: Columbus, OH and 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.

Interview with Jonathan Fields: Prodigy to Prison to Violin Virtuoso


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. *typically performed with Victor Prieto on accordion from Yo Yo Ma’s Song of Joy and Peace album.

Christian Howes Quartet: 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 EPK


Career Highlights

Invited artist by the U.S. State department to teach and perform as a cultural ambassador in Ukraine and Montenegro.

USArtists grant through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Residency Partner Award through Chamber Music America

2016 Huffington Post names "American Spirit" Best Cd of the Year

2015 Invitation by U.S. Embassies in Montenegro and Ukraine as an American Ambassador performing with their respective National Philharmonics.

The 2013 Jazz Times Critics Poll recognized Christian as among the top three violinists in jazz.

2011 brought Christian a nomination for Jazz Violinist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as the 1st place ranking in the Downbeat Critics Poll as the "Rising Star Jazz violinist".

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