About Christopher Mendez
Christopher Mendez has been playing the cello since the age of nine. He began lessons with Wendy Cotton as a freshman in high school and later studied with Timothy Archbold during his junior and senior years. After graduating, he went on to pursue a BM in String Performance at the Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Andrew Mark. His main musical interests lie in chamber music, forming the Dracard Quartet in 2014 which became the Boston Conservatory’s honor ensemble for the 2015-2016 academic year. The quartet played regularly in Boston, performing in the Museum of Fine Arts’ Sound Bite Series and winning first prize in the Chamber Music division of the Massachusetts American String Teachers Association String Competition (2016). Upon graduating the conservatory, Christopher returned to the Midwest to pursue new opportunities, apprenticing for a luthier and honing his skills as a musician. Christopher is currently the principal cellist of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra and continues to explore freelance opportunities in the Chicagoland area.
As a teacher, Christopher believes that every student deserves a chance to learn music. He has been teaching private lessons since 2010, taking a brief hiatus to freelance and gain new insights as a performer. He emphasizes body awareness and building a strong foundation in technique but strives to make each lesson engaging and tailored specifically to each student’s needs. Christopher is looking forward to joining the Musical Expressions family, aiming to provide lessons that are challenging and fun.
In his spare time, Christopher enjoys reading, walking his dogs, playing videogames and spending time with family and friends.