Christopher Griksaitis is a young lyric tenor from the North East of England.
His passion for music started aged five when he began piano lessons, later taking up the violin and viola. Singing quickly became his ambition after joining the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the Northern Sinfonia Chorus, with whom he toured several European countries and sang in the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Christopher graduated from the Vocal and Operatics course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours whilst under the tuition of Gwion Thomas and guidance of Julian Pike.
He performed in numerous Liederabends, Opera Scenes and Operas, with roles including ‘Le Chevalier de la Force’ – Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc); ‘Il Tinca’ – Il Trittico (Puccini); ‘Damon’ – Acis and Galatea (Handel); ‘Ferrando’ – Così fan tutte (Mozart).
He reached the final rounds for many competitions and was awarded First Place for the John Ireland Singing Prize in 2012 and the Edward Brooks Lieder Prize in 2014.
Christopher has been performing around the UK and Europe as a soloist for oratorios and operas, including ‘Acis’ – Acis and Galatea (Handel) as part of the Taunton Live Music Festival. He has also gained backstage experience, working in Stage Management and teaching singing and piano in a private music school, sharing his enthusiasm for music.
Christopher worked for a year in Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany in the chorus of Disney’s “Der Glöckner von Notre Dame”. He was then engaged as a Guest Artist for 3 months on the MS Amadea, a German cruise liner, which saw him touring across 5 continents.
He is now continuing to take part in competitions and operas throughout Europe and the UK.