Wilkins, Christopher, American conductor; b. Boston, May 28, 1957. After taking his bachelor’s degree from Harvard Coll. (1978), he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller at Yale Univ. (M.M., 1981); also held the John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship for study at the (West) Berlin Hochschule für Musik. In 1981-82 he was conductor-in-residence at the State Univ. of N.Y. at Purchase. In 1982-83 he was the Exxon Conducting Assistant with the Ore. Sym. Orch. in Portland and a conducting fellow at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. He was asst. conductor of the Cleveland Orch. (1983-85) and assoc. conductor of the Utah Sym. Orch. in Salt Lake City (1986-89). In 1989 he became music director of the Colo. Springs Sym. Orch.; concurrently held that title with the San Antonio Sym. Orch. from 1991. In 1992 he received the Seaver/NEA award.
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