Christopher Suckling

Christopher Suckling – cello

Christopher Suckling holding cello, leaning back on chair, laughing
Christopher Suckling

Christopher Suckling is a continuo cellist and gambist noted for his ‘captivating expressivity’. He is a principal player with Gabrieli and the Feinstein Ensemble and has performed and recorded with artists such as Plácido Domingo and Rolando Villazón. Christopher has broadcast live as a soloist and chamber musician on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and recent recordings have been critically praised for the quality of his tone and his ‘exquisitely fluid’ playing; the Independent has cited the ‘warmth
of the cello sonorities’, whilst a five star review in the BBC Music Magazine noted `particular highlights in Christopher Suckling’s resonant cello’. His work as a director has been described as ‘scintillating’,
‘dynamic’ and ‘containing moments of real beauty’.

Christopher is also an active researcher. His doctoral thesis locates the evolution of the realisation of recitative by the cellist in early eighteenth-century Italian opera and offers a method through which
current cellists can explore this practice. The relationship between his performance and research has led him to act as a consultant for BBC television and to contribute performing editions to recent recordings,
notably Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato for Gabrieli. Current work includes a re-evaluation of the performance practices of Purcell’s operas and the preparation of new performing editions of Fairy Queen and King Arthur.

Christopher is Deputy Head of Academic Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is also a visiting lecturer at Trinity Laban and for ten years taught musicianship at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.