Christian Kiss

Private Light

Classical guitarist Christian Kiss was born in Backnang, Germany. At the age of 13, he won first prize at the renowned German competition Jugend Musiziert, first prize at the youth competition of Guitar Festival Nürtingen, and other national prizes. At the age of 16 he became a student of Prof. Johannes Monno at the Conservatory of Music in Stuttgart, where he is still studying the guitar and the theorbo.

As a continuo player on the theorbo, Kiss played for several stage productions, including ballets and operas by Henry Purcell, Francesco Cavalli and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. With his ensemble for old music Mosaico Vocale, he gave numerous concerts playing solo renaissance repertoire as well as accompanying sacred music and madrigals. He is a guest musician at the Stuttgart National Theatre, where he was engaged as a soloist in the ballets Orlando, choreographed by Marco Goecke to music by Michael Tippett and Leonce and Lena, choreographed by Christian Spuck. He was also engaged for the operas Island of Ghosts by Ming Tsao as well as La Juive by Jacques F. Halévy. Apart from solo recitals, Kiss has been an invited solo guitar player by several orchestras and has given various solo concerts in Valencia and Athens, among others.

In 2011, Kiss was invited to perform as a soloist at the Academic Chamber Orchestra Karlsruhe, playing the Guitar Concerto, Op 30 by Mauro Giuliani. He is a scholar of Riebesam-Foundation Promotion of Art and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.

Kiss made his first appearance with American Ballet Theatre as the guitar soloist in Demis Volpi’s ballet Private Light.


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