About Chris biehl


Pianist, accompanist, piano and voice teacher, vocal coach, and composer. Chris Biehl began playing the piano at age 5 and received his first formation from Dorothy Dahlstrom, a pupil of Rudolph Wendt, who was himself a graduate from the Eastman School of Music, a pupil of a pupil of Franz Liszt, and Professor of piano at the University of Montana in Missoula.

After many successes in grade and high school, including top scores at all the district and state music festivals, Chris went on to study with Rudolph Wendt at the University of Montana. He played many recitals around the state, both solo and chamber music. He won first prize in the Beethoven competition at the Northwest Music Festival in Spokane Washington his Sophomore year. He graduated with honors in applied piano, and shortly thereafter moved to Paris, France.

Chris was fortunate to become one of the few private piano students of Nadia Boulanger, legendary teacher of many great pianists and composers. At the same time he was accompanist in the studios of Patricia Brinton,student of Jennie Tourel and Eleanor Steber, and Germaine Lubin, famed interpreter of Strauss and Wagner.

During this time he had many encounters with legendary artists like Gerard Souzay, Madeleine Milhaud, and Regine Crespin,who he accompanied while being an assistant professor for Yva Barthelemy , renowned voice teacher in Paris.

In 1978, Chris was invited by the cellist Terry Braverman to accompany him at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Chris came very close to winning the prize for accompanying, but there was a controversy among the old guard on the jury and according to a member of the jury,only lost by a hair.

Chris was vocal coach for several Operas and Musical Theater productions, including La Somnambula in Dijon, & "Barnum" and "Nine" in Paris. The composer of "Nine", Maury Yeston, said he preferred the vocal performances in Paris to those in New York,and said he would like to work with Chris,again.

Chris was also asked by two well known European directors to write music for their theater productions in Germany and France. After having much success with these theater productions he was asked by Dominique Valentin, actress, stage and film director, to write the music for a short film she wrote and directed, which will be shown at the Berlin Film festival, this year.

Chris moved back to Montana in 2013 to be closer to family, and was embraced by the Montana State University Faculty of Music as an accompanist at large, and has been accompanying students and Faculty members ever since, both vocal and instrumental.

Chris has his own private studio at the Emerson Center for the Arts in downtown Bozeman, where he teaches piano and voice, and continues composing.