Christopher Hutton

Professor of Music - Cello, String Chamber Music, Music History/Literature

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Christopher Hutton is an avid performer and is the cellist for the Greenville-based Poinsett Piano Trio. Originally from New Zealand, Hutton has performed across the globe and worked with a number of orchestras, including the New World Symphony and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for New Zealand's Concert FM and Germany's SWF Radio as well as Albany Classics for a disc of contemporary chamber music. Hutton plays on a cello made by John Betts in c. 1795.

A graduate of Boston University and the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, Hutton taught at the University of Rochester, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Delaware before coming to Furman. At Furman, he teaches cello, chamber music, and courses in history and literature. He has twice led Furman students to Arezzo, Italy for the music department's "Music in Italy" study away program, joined a history colleague for a 2019 program to England, France, and Belgium, and recently took students to attend multiple performances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

In addition to his work in the music department, Prof. Hutton has been involved in Furman’s system of shared governance, serving as Faculty Chair and Faculty Council Chair for three years.


  • M.M., Eastman School of Music
  • D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
  • B.M., Boston University
  • Licentiate Diploma, Royal Schools of Music

Training Under:

  • Paul Katz and Steven Doane, Eastman School of Music
  • Leslie Parnas, Boston University
  • Masterclasses with Jules Eskin, Stephen Geber, David Geringas, Ronald Leonard, Mstislav Rostropovich, Fred Sherry, Tsyoshi Tsutsumi and Richard Weiss


I consider it a privilege to make my life as a musician. I work with my students in much the same way that I approach my own practice and performing. All cellists must build a solid foundation of technical fluency and a flexible palette of tone colors. While the paths to success will be different for every cellist, being able to transcend the technical challenges of playing the instrument is what allows one to be virtuosic, stylish, and-most importantly-expressive.