Ambassadors and Familiar Faces
Heralded as “one of the most talented violinists to emerge from the USA, Europe and Asia in the past twenty years,” Christopher Coritsidis has shared his talents on and off stage by drawing awareness to a variety of social issues worldwide. He consistently donates concert fees and performs benefit concerts under the belief that “it’s not enough to give a performance and go home…because being an artist means so much more…you have a responsibility to your audience; an even greater one to society.”
As a child, Christopher’s early association with MS began as he watched his grandmother’s challenges with the disease – she used a wheelchair and spent most of her time in bed for 37 years, a situation also impacted by the fact that at this time there were no MS treatments which could affect underlying disease process. Witnessing the great efforts of his grandmother to lead as “normal“ a life as one could under those circumstances and the unconditional boundless love his mother and aunt showed his grandmother in their care of her, he was left with a permanent imprint on both his mind and heart. He learned first-hand that MS affects not only the person with the disease but all those who love and care for them.
“My grandmother, Anna, and her illness shaped the lives of those around her… and I believe for the better. I’ve learned to be grateful for the challenges of life, as well as the simpler things, and the lessons we come to learn through them. It’s because of her that I welcome every path that life sets out for me to walk. My grandmother didn’t have that luxury - which is why I choose to take those extra steps for her today, tomorrow and every day.”
In his role as an ambassador for the National MS Society, Christopher looks forward to advocating for reform in national public health policies and to drawing more attention to and funding for MS treatments and research, in addition to participating in events and developing projects with the Society.
Christopher Coritsidis was born in New York, USA and began studying at the age of eight under Prof. Manuel Tsynman. In 2005, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School and later continued his studies with Prof. Boris Kuschnir in Vienna, Austria. Christopher has appeared on some of the world’s most renowned concert stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw and the Philharmonie in Berlin.
He is the recipient of the 2006 Samuel K. Friedman Prize for Artistic Excellence.
For more information please visit http://www.christophercoritsidis.com