Hailed as a “Wunderkind” by the Los Angeles Times, composer, guitarist, recording artist and guest speaker, Christopher Caliendo has composed over 300 plus theatrical works for flute alone.
Since 1998 his catalog of world music for classical musicians totals 14 flute sonatas, 48 flute guitar, numerous solo flute works, 3 flute, 4 flute, flute choir, concerti and mixed ensemble. All of which artfully blend tango, gypsy, flamenco, jazz and classical styles into a new world music synthesis. His music has been embraced world-wide, finding equal resonance with major film studios, philharmonics, the Vatican, the U.S. Military, political figures, and Hollywood celebrities. His theatrical works have become the subject of doctoral candidates whose dissertations are now published in the Library of Congress. Christopher’s film scores for 20th Century Fox have received 2 Heritage Awards from the Academy of Arts and Sciences. His original score to the Iron Horse, performed by the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, helped celebrate Fox’s 75th anniversary along with John William’s Star Wars medley, Jerry Goldsmith’s score to Planet of the Apes, David Raskin’s Laura and James Horner’s Titanic amongst others. Christopher has also been honored as the first composer in film history to rescore an entire film, SONY Picture's Major Dundee starring Charlton Heston directed by Sam Peckinpah.
As a composer of sacred music, Christopher is the only composer in Vatican history to be twice commissioned under John Paul II. Christopher is endorsed by Ryan guitars and performs on the model, Nightingale. He was the requested performer for Bob Hope’s 90th birthday. He recently released his 14th CD release, Flamenco Americano with flutist, Brian Luce.