Christopher Luthi received his Master’s Degree in Music at the University of Southern California in 1999, majoring in Keyboard Collaborative Arts. He has been a top prizewinner in such competitions as the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition, and the Matthay Association National Piano Competition. In his last year at USC, Christopher held a Teacher’s Assistantship position, accompanying and coaching singers, instrumentalists, and two choruses. In 1999, he was inducted into the Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lamda, and he received the Keyboard Collaborative Arts Departmental Award. During the summer of 1999, Mr. Luthi was one of six vocal pianists to participate in a fellowship at Tanglewood Music Center, in Massachusetts, studying with such coaches as Emmanuel Ax, Phyllis Curtin, Warren Jones, and Dawn Upshaw (to name a few). In 2000, a recording of Mr. Luthi’s live performance of Beethoven’s Eroica Variations was aired on 91.5 KUSC’s Thornton Center Stage.
Just recently, Mr. Luthi was hired as the full-time Staff Piano Accompanist for the music department at California State University of Long Beach. He also currently works in Los Angeles as a freelance accompanist, coach, and conductor. In January 2001, Mr. Luthi was hired as Musical Director for Opera Nova, an opera company in Santa Monica. He has been involved in preparing various productions such as Marriage of Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, Suor Angelica, Il Tabarro, and Magic Flute, along with four Opera Scenes Galas. Mr. Luthi was Conductor for the orchestral production of Suor Angelica.
Mr. Luthi’s portfolio also includes work in the 2003 and 2004 seasons as Musical Director/Chorus Master for South Pasadena-based opera company, Celestial Opera, where he prepared and performed La Traviata and La Boheme. In October 2003, he was hired as the Interim Choir Director for the First United Methodist Church in Topanga Canyon. He has also served as staff Accompanist/Coach at Pasadena City College and current staff Pianist/Coach at Santa Monica College.