Christian Hebel

Violinist Christian Hebel official website: Whether touring the world with rock and pop music legends, recording some of Hollywood’s biggest film scores, soloing with the worlds’s best orchestras, or lending his unique talent to the hottest Broadway shows, national television programs, and Grammy Award winning albums –Christian Hebel is doing just about as much as one man can with a violin.

In their words....

It is always such a pleasure working with Christian, and such a joy to listen to him play. We got to perform at Carnegie Hall together, and his support and encouragement was very important to me and made the performance possible. I can’t wait to work with him again!
— F. Murray Abraham - Academy Award winning Actor. Amadeus, Scarface, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Homeland.
Christian Hebel is a poet of the violin. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing him play for several years, in a variety of venues, and his imagination and wit astonish me anew each time. When I invited him to join an evening of music celebrating the work of Laura Nyro, he created a brilliant sonic collage of her songs for solo violin. We were all swept up in his magnificent embrace of melody, rhythm, beauty, danger, rapture, juxtaposition, and wonder. I never want him to stop. He is a poet.
— Michael Mayer - Tony Award winning stage and film director. Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Thoroughly Modern Millie
From the moment I heard Christian play the violin, I knew I was in the company of a truly gifted musician, and I needed to find a way to collaborate with him. And so, Christian became a valued and important collaborator on High Fidelity, Next to Normal, and American Idiot; all shows that had significant string parts that developed quite a bit over many workshops and developmental productions. Christian provided the depth and virtuosity that I needed and helped me define what for me, would become one of the most important elements in the music. I can’t say enough about his generosity, dedication, and ease during the process. A kind and supportive spirit, I value his friendship as much as I do his musicianship. I look forward to many more wonderful collaborations with Christian in the future.
— Tom Kitt - Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning composer of Next to Normal, American Idiot, If/Then, Bring It On
Christian is one of the most dynamic musicians I’ve played with. When we tour, he never ceases to amaze crowds all over the world with his technique and showmanship.
— Josh Groban - Multiplatinum-selling vocalist and actor. Over 25 million records sold.
Irony of all ironies that as a Deaf actor I’m giving Christian a testimonial. But don’t underestimate me; I see plenty of music with my eyes! And what I saw each night on Broadway from Christian was nothing short of magical. His passion and his talent were so evident in his handling of the strings on his beautiful violin. And with his wife’s permission, I put my hand on him while he played; it was truly moving! I could feel the music! Musicians don’t often get that I can hear some music but Christian got me just as much as I got him. He is a true talent and I was privileged to have made my Broadway debut along side him.
— Marlee Matlin- Academy Award and Golden Globe winning Actress. Children of a Lesser God.
Christian Hebel is such an accomplished musician that when we were in rehearsals for Wicked, I asked him in his role as first violinist and concertmaster if I could give him a really challenging part in the song “No Good Deed”. He was all for it and I proceeded to do so, and of course he played it wonderfully. When some time later, I was asked to write a composition for cello and another instrument, I chose Christian and his violin to write for, and again, he played the piece as beautifully as I could imagine. He is such a pleasure to work with and write for, I look forward to my next chance to do so.
— Stephen Schwartz - Composer and Lyricist. Winner of three Academy Awards, three Grammy Awards, Drama Desk Award and Tony Award. Godspell, Pippen, Wicked, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas, The Prince of Egypt, Enchanted.
I always love when I work with Christian. He is superb!
— Bernadette Peters - Actress, Singer, New York Times Best Selling Author. Grammy and three time Tony Award Winner. The Carol Burnett Show, The Jerk, Silent Movie, Pennies from Heaven, Annie. Sunday in the Park with George, Song and Dance, Into the Woods, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy.
I guess the high point of our wedding was Cheryl’s procession into the tent to the strains of Christian’s violin. To the delight of some 100 odd Kennedys from 4 generations, Christian has brought his clever fingers and flawless ear back to Hyannisport for many return performances. But why won’t he bring the violin on the sailboat?
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - American radio host, environmental activist, author and attorney. President of the Board of Waterkeeper Alliance.
The first time I experienced Christian was when we were filming an episode of our HBO YoungArts MasterClass series with our YoungArts alumnus Josh Groban on stage at the Boston Garden in front of 15,000+ fans. Christian wasn’t just playing the violin – he was captivating the entire crowd wherever he went on the massive theater in the round stage with his beautiful musicianship and charismatic persona. He made you notice him – you couldn’t help it. Nobody could. We met Christian backstage after the show and when we explained our YoungArts program to him and how we needed masters and mentors to work with our emerging young artists (who have gone on to become the likes of Josh Groban and Kerry Washington and Terence Blanchard), Christian immediately agreed to work with YoungArts and has been a treasured master teacher and mentor ever since. Always so giving of his time and great talents, Christian is a true YoungArts master!
— Paul Lehr - National Youngarts Foundation President and CEO
I had the pleasure to witness Christian’s musicality eight shows a week while we performed together in 2010’s Roundabout production of Sondheim on Sondheim. His artistry and dedication to the music was distinctively delicate and soulful. Plus the added treat of allowing my young budding musician of a daughter to sit next to him and watch him bow when she came to visit backstage.
— Vanessa Williams - Actress, Singer, Dancer, Miss America
I first heard the gorgeous tones of Christian’s violin when we worked together on The original production of The Last Five Years. His instrumental lines were so beautifully played, his violin seemed to transform into another character in the piece. We’ve worked together since then and I don’t know if there is a better, more emotive string player in NYC, or a cooler guy. He’s the real deal, to be sure.
— Norbert Leo Butz - Actor and Singer. Two time Tony Award Winner. Rent, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wicked, Bloodline.
I have been quite fortunate to work with Christian Hebel as a violinist, concertmaster and teacher. In addition to his impeccable, lyrical musicianship, he has brought warmth, passion and collaboration to my orchestrations in projects such as “Next to Normal”, “Sondheim on Sondheim” and numerous concerts and recording sessions. Anyone would be grateful to have Christian performing their music.
— Michael Starobin - Orchestrator, Arranger and Musical Director. Winner of Tony Award and Drama Desk Award. Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Once On This Island, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Christian Hebel plays with rock-solid technical assurance, exquisite musicality, endless inventiveness and an almost biological instinct for how best to accentuate the drama of a moment. He is an exceptional collaborator and he’s also a very nice boy, even though he is uncomfortably tall.
— Jason Robert Brown - Tony Award winning composer, lyricist and playwright. Parade, Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years.

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