Christopher Acquavella


Christopher Acquavella is a classical mandolinist & educator from San Diego, California, who currently lives in Detmold, Germany. He graduated First Class Honors from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, England.

Acquavella studied under the instruction of Alison Stephens. He performs classical repertoire on both modern and baroque mandolins, using period techniques. In 2004, Acquavella won the Wolfsan Foundation Music Award and was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal for String Studies in 2006.

Acquavella performs across Europe and America both in a solo and chamber music capacity. Aside from chamber music, he concertizes as a soloist & orchestral musician with various orchestras & ensembles throughout the world such as Trinity String Ensemble (UK), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), E.G.M.Y.O. (DE), GER Mandolin Orchestra (PL), Bach Collegium San Diego (USA), San Diego Opera (USA) and the San Diego Symphony (USA).

As the Artistic Director of the San Diego Classical Mandolin Camp, Acquavella created a program that explores the depth and breadth of the classical mandolin, from baroque to modern. He has performed & taught workshops at the CMSA Conventions and Mandolin Symposium, as well as across the globe on his various tours.