Creative Strings Festival 2014

Students study jazz violin and improv outdoors
Jazz violin duo showing off their improv skills

Join us for Creative Strings Festival 2014

For the eleventh year in a row, Christian Howes’s Creative Strings Festival promises to inundate Columbus with the sound of strings! Violins, cellos, violas, and basses will be heard singing and wailing through bluegrass, jazz, rock, Celtic, Latin, blues, avante garde and more at markets, theatres, restaurants, cafes, and clubs throughout Columbus. Please find our schedule of live performances below- check back as we continue to add dates!


Special thanks to this year’s sponsors for their support towards scholarships and/or other associated costs:

Music Loves Ohio

Yamaha Strings

D’Addario Bowed

The Loft Violin Shop

Music and Arts


More than 50 string players from around the world will be led in small ensembles in 20+ performances by world class performing artists.


Performances are to be announced.


An excerpt from Chris Deville’s article, Music: Creative Strings Festival.

Classical music can be, for lack of a better word, kinda stuffy. But not if Christian Howes has anything to say about it.

The esteemed jazz violinist hosts his seventh-annual Creative Strings Festival next Monday through Saturday, aimed at helping violinists, cellists and the like learn to improvise and unlock their creative potential.

Howes recruited 12 top innovators in his field as mentors for 25 adults from around the world and a handful of Columbus kids aiming to expand their musical palettes. The fruits of their labor will be on display at public performances throughout the week.

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