Principal Cello Christopher Rex joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as Principal in 1979, the same year in which he became the first cellist ever to win the string prize in the biennial Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Since then he has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician across the nation.
Mr. Rex's solo performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra include Strauss's Don Quixote and concertos by Shostakovich, Victor Herbert, Dvořák, and Elgar. He is a founding member of the Georgian Chamber Players, and is the founder and General and Artistic Director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival in Florida. He is also Artistic Director of the Madison Chamber Music Festival in Georgia and is on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music America.
Mr. Rex has taught at Gettysburg College, the New School of Music in Philadelphia, Georgia State University, and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is now the Cello Chair of the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon.
In the summer of 1988, Mr. Rex shared Acting Principal duties for the New York Philharmonic's European tour. Mr. Rex has also soloed with his brother, Charles Rex, in Carnegie Hall as soloists with the Manhattan Philharmonic in “The Muse and the Poet” by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Mr. Rex is a regular performer at the Highlands Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina and has been Principal Cellist of the orchestras at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and the Grand Tetons Music Festival in Wyoming.
Following his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Orlando Cole and at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose, he was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for seven seasons.