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Chris Thile

  • Composer


For more than 15 years, Chis Thile played in the wildly popular band Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums for a combined two million records sold, was awarded a Grammy® in 2002, and traveled the world on sold-out concert tours. As a soloist he has released five albums, on which he conquered a dizzying range of instruments, songwriting challenges and musical styles.

Thile has also performed and recorded extensively as a duo with double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer (with whom he will release an album and tour the world in the fall of 2008) and with fellow eminent mandolinist Mike Marshall. In April 2007, Mr. Meyer and pianist Emanuel Ax performed a piece for double bass and piano that they commissioned from Mr. Thile for a tour including Zankel Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the new Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. Additionally, Thile has collaborated with a pantheon of bluegrass innovators including Bela Fleck, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush.

Every major mandolin-related award has been presented to Thile over the course of his career, including the National Mandolin Championship at age 12 and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Mandolinist of the Year. He won a Grammy® Award in 2002 with Nickel Creek for their album This Side in the Best Contemporary Folk Album Category, and most recently he won the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Musician of the Year.