Guildford born, Chris began playing the violin at the age of 5.
At home, his father Michael, the jazz pianist and composer of
international renown, taught him jazz tunes, introducing the colours,
flavours and rudiments of the great improvising music. He has worked
with many artists including Julian Joseph, Dolly Parton and Brian Ferry
and made tours of the Far East and Australia with guitarist John
Etheridge in a tribute to Stephane Grappelli. Chris has fronted the The
Budapest Cafe Orchestra, the gypsy-beat specialists from Harringay,
since 2009. His recording ‘Different Strokes’ was called “The
outstanding British album of the year” in the Sunday Times. “His violin
playing was a stunning display of musicianship, whether lightly dancing,
delicately teasing or producing pyrotechnics that scorched the very
timbers of the building” - Jazz Journal.