Christopher Horner was born in London and studied violin at the Centre for Young Musicians, Pimlico and then with Eva Graubin at the Royal Academy of Music, Surrey University and as a postgraduate in Barcelona.
He has since played as recitalist, chamber musician and freelancer throughout the UK, Europe, South Africa and Asia and has broadcast on the BBC and SABC, South Africa. He has worked as a member of many UK chamber and symphony orchestras.
He performs a wide-ranging repertoire and over the last few years has given the UK premières of the works for violin and piano by the Lithuanian composer Juozas Gruodis (1884-1948) whose music remains virtually unknown outside his native country. A CD of these compositions with pianist John Lenehan was released at the end of 2014 on the Discovery Music and Vision label. His edition of the Gruodis Violin Sonata for the Lithuanian Music Information and Publishing Centre was published in 2016.
Christopher Horner was invited to teach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1999 and was Deputy Head of Strings from 2000-2009. Since leaving this post his performing and teaching career, now including adjudication at Competitions and Festivals, has continued to expand in the UK and overseas. He teaches violin at the Junior Conservatoire of RWCMD, privately, at Monmouth Girls School and Howell’s School,Cardiff.
Since 2015 he has been a UK and International Examiner for Trinity College London.