Hailed as a dynamic and versatile performer, Christopher Lamb joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Percussionist in 1985. He subsequently made his solo début with the Philharmonic in the world première of Joseph Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto, one of several commissions celebrating the Philharmonic’s 150th Anniversary, and has since performed the work to critical acclaim with orchestras throughout the United States. He also gave the world première of Tan Dun’s Concerto for Water Percussion, a second work commissioned for him by the New York Philharmonic, which he performed to rave reviews on the Philharmonic’s tour to South America, as well as in Asia and Europe with such notable orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Gewandhaus Orchestra. Christopher Lamb’s performance of Tan Dun’s concerto was selected by Kurt Masur for release in the collection of New York Philharmonic CDs highlighting the Masur years. In November 2001, Susan Botti’s EchoTempo for soprano, percussion and orchestra, the third and most recent commission for Christopher Lamb by the New York Philharmonic, was given its world première by Susan Botti, Christopher Lamb and the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Kurt Masur.
In 2010, Mr. Lamb was invited to join the faculty of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as International Fellow. In 1999 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award to lecture and conduct research in Australia. During his five-month residency at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, he presented masterclasses. A member of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music since 1989, Christopher Lamb has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States and on nearly every continent. He has recorded chamber works on the New World, Cala and CRI labels. He is a former member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic, and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.