Christopher Tingay, CLARINET


Born in England in 1969, Christopher Tingay has played the clarinet since the age of nine.  After graduating from Churchlands Senior High School in Western Australia as Music Dux, he studied with Alan Vivian at the Canberra School of Music, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction.  In early 1991 Christopher studied in England and France as a recipient of a Big Brother Scholarship, and later that year won the Orchestral Excerpts Competition at the Australian National Clarinet Conference in Brisbane.

As an orchestral musician Christopher has played with the West Australian and Canberra Youth Orchestras and attended five National Music Camps.  He was Principal Clarinet in the Australian Youth Orchestra for three years, touring with them to the USA and South America in 1991.  He represented Australia as Principal Clarinet in the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra in 1992/93, touring to Europe and Canada.

In 1992 he moved to Sydney and was appointed as 2nd Clarinet in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1993.  Since joining the SSO he has toured with them to Europe, the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, China, and Malaysia.  A SSO Friends Scholarship in 1998 saw him undertake study in England with Andrew Marriner (London Symphony Orchestra).  As an augmenting player he plays regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Australia Ensemble.  With the SSO and ACO Christopher has made many recordings on the Channel Classics, Octavia, ABC Classics and Sydney Symphony Live labels.

Christopher is a p/t lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is actively involved with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs.  He regularly tutors for both the Sydney and Australian Youth Orchestra Associations.  Christopher was the clarinet tutor at National Music Camps in 2009, 2011 and 2014, and will be attending the 2016 camp as clarinet tutor in Canberra.

Christopher is married to SSO violinist Emma Hayes, and has two children.