Leader – Christian Halstead

Christian Halstead started learning the violin with his mother at the age of five. He continued his studies with professor Dona Lee Croft at the Royal College of Music, where he won several prizes (including the concerto award for his performance of The Lark Ascending, which he subsequently performed with RCM Sinfonietta in the presence of Lady Ursula Vaughan-Williams). 

Since graduating in 1999, Christian has enjoyed a busy and varied career as a freelance violinist, working with ensembles such as London Mozart Players, St. Paul’s Sinfonia, City Chamber Orchestra, 18th Century Concert Orchestra, Ex Cathedra, and Armonico Consort.

Christian was a founder member of the Southbank Sinfonia in 2002-3; he is also leader of the orchestra for Focus Opera, and was appointed leader of Kent Sinfonia in December 2011.

Passionate about chamber music, Christian has been 1st violin with the Abraxas Ensemble since 2000, 2nd violin with the Billroth Quartet since 2013 and a member of the Haysden Quartet since 2015.