Christopher Morrongiello, a former Marshall Scholar, is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, the Royal College of Music, and the University of Oxford, where he earned a doctorate in Music. He was a prizewinner in the BBC Radio Two Young Musician of the Year Competition in 1993 and was awarded a Marco Fodella Foundation Scholarship for studies and research in Milan, Italy, in 1996.
An expert on Elizabethan and Jacobean music, Christopher has edited the complete works for lute of Edward Collard and Daniel Bacheler. His musical portrait of the Elizabethan muse and songstress Penelope Devereux, created for soprano Emily Van Evera (My Lady Rich, Avie 0045), has garnered much critical acclaim. In 2006, in recognition of his excellence as a scholar, performer and teacher, the Lute Society of America conferred upon him its first Patrick O’Brien LSA Seminar Lectureship.
Christopher is a member of the Venere Lute Quartet and directs the New York-based Bacheler Consort. He teaches lute and related historical plucked instruments in Long Island, New York.