Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin, Fiddle, Arranger
Chris Carmichael is a musician and arranger
born in San Antonio, Texas on July 6, 1962. The son of
an Air Force fighter pilot, Chris moved extensively before
taking up the violin while living in Hampton, Virginia.
After moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1975, he entered
into more formal training - studying violin with Western
Kentucky University professor Betty Pease (a former student
of Ivan Galamian) for eight years. While in the university
environment, Chris also studied music theory, composition,
orchestral and chamber performance under teachers; Dr.
David Livingston (a former student of composer Roy Harris),
Vsevolod Lezhnev, (principal cellist with the Moscow Philharmonic
and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras) and Leon Gregorian
(head of Michigan State University's conducting program).
After his formal training, he began a career as a touring
musician for various artists in several genres including
outlandish entertainers Joe Savage and Jason D. Williams
After moving to Nashville, Tennessee in the late 1980s,
his group Fifteen Strings - a hard rock band - landed
a major record deal with Atlantic Records in New York.
A few years later, he signed as a staff writer for Warner/Chappell
in New York, but remained a Nashville resident.
In the early 1990s, Chris transitioned in to full time
studio work and arranging. His orchestral arrangements
have been performed by major groups such as the Boston
Carmichael's television and radio appearances include
the 71st Academy Awards, The Tonight Show, The Academy
of Country Music Awards, The Country Music Association
Awards, CBS Morning Show, The View, A Prairie Home Companion,
and many others.
Arrangements of distinction include the string quartet
arrangement of Tim McGraw's "If You're Reading
This" which originally aired at the 2007 Academy
of Country Music awards show, and later became a single