As a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, classical guitarist Christopher Cramer
has performed in the United States, Canada, and Asia. From college campuses to performing arts centers,
Dr. Cramer has presented numerous solo recitals featuring an expansive repertoire that includes masterworks of the past,
as well as newly composed works by contemporary composers. Dr. Cramer made his concerto debut in 2005 performing
Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in D major for guitar and strings with the Madison East Orchestra. More recently,
he has appeared as soloist with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.
As a chamber musician, Dr. Cramer has collaborated with a variety of instrumentalists and performs regularly with
award-winning soprano Yi-Lan (Elaine) Niu. Concert season highlights have included the world premieres of new works by
Hong Kong composer Chiwei (Jerry) Hui and New York based composer Alexander Nohai-Seaman, a broadcast performance on
Wisconsin Public Radio's Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen concert series, and tours of the U.S. and Taiwan,
including a featured performance at the prestigious National Taiwan University in Taipei.
Dr. Cramer currently serves on the faculty at Beloit College, where he teaches studio guitar lessons and directs the guitar ensemble program. He also teaches guitar related courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. Former faculty engagements have included Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc. In addition to academic teaching, Dr. Cramer also presents programs in schools and community centers for those interested in learning more about the guitar and its music.
Dr. Cramer began his music studies at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, where he won a number of awards including the UW-Manitowoc County Fine Arts Award in the Area of Music. He went on to complete his undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, where he won first place in the annual WCM scholarship competition in classical guitar. Continuing his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Cramer earned both his masters and doctorate degrees in music performance under the direction of renowned guitarist Javier Calderón.
While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Cramer undertook an intensive study of instrumental conducting with respected conductor and pedagogue David E. Becker, ultimately leading to a doctoral minor in the discipline and the opportunity to work with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra.