Christopher Fisher-Lochhead was introduced to composition through an elementary school program run by Daniel Deutsch, a nationally recognized leader in pre-college composition education. His activities as a performer began with studies in violin and viola, and in high school he cast a wide net, playing in several orchestras, chamber groups, and jazz combos throughout New York City. His teachers have included William Bolcom and Betsy Jolas for composition, Yizhak Schotten for viola, and Andrew Mead for theory. Although his early education was rooted in the European/American classical tradition, Christopher has always been interested in jazz, hip-hop, and the blues and those interests inevitably find a way into his various musical endeavors. Other interests include the dynamic between innovation and orthodoxy, composition and improvisation, experimentalism and craft, and the tension between the specific demands of material and the generalizing impulse of abstract systems.