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Whittier Branch YAG Concert
Monday, February 27, 2012—10:30 am

Whittier Branch is proud to present Young Artist Guild 2011 Winner, Christopher DeFazio, in a cello recital at the Tchaikovsky School of Music, 20265 Valley Blvd, Suite F, Walnut
His program includes Francoeur Sonata in E Major,
movements from Boccherini, Kabalevsky and Dvorak Cello Concerti, and Ginastera Pampeana No. 2;
Kiyomi Kato, piano collaborator
Christopher DeFazio began studying the cello at the age of eight in 2002. His only teacher has been his mother, Kihae Kim-DeFazio, a student of Piatigorsky, Rejto, and Starker. His orchestral experience began early in 2004 when he auditioned successfully for the Cerritos College Symphony.  In 2005 he auditioned for the Orange County Symphony and served as the Assistant Principal until 2007. In 2008 he auditioned for the Southern California Youth Philharmonic where he has performed as the principal cellist since 2009. In the same year he successfully auditioned for the Young Musicians Foundation (“YMF”) Debut Orchestra with which he is currently under a three year contract. Christopher has also been an invited guest member for various orchestras such as the Montage Civic Orchestra, the United Musicians Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, and the Southern California Philharmonic. He performed in the Luna Chamber Music Encounter in 2008 and 2009, and a cellist in the Young Musicians Foundation Chamber Music Series in 2011 at the Bing Theatre in Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been chosen once again to perform in the Young Musicians Foundation Chamber Music Series in 2012.
       His solo experience started in 2003 with a performance at a senior citizen home. He has performed at the Crystal Cathedral, the Nixon Library, Chapman University, California State Long Beach, in studio recitals, in competitions and master classes, at the MTAC state conventions and Branch Honor recitals. In 2007 he performed as the featured soloist accompanied by the Orange County Symphony, and his recent affiliation with the M & M Music Group has enabled him to perform before audiences of more than one thousand persons at a time.
       At age 17 Christopher already has a studio of his own teaching students privately, and he assists in group lessons offered through the Continuing Education program of North Orange County Community Colleges.
       Christopher is homeschooled, an avid bowler, and an accomplished tennis player. He is active in his church, and he plans to major in music performance and education in college.