Creative Strings Festival 2016

Students study jazz violin and improv outdoorsJazz violin duo showing off their improv skills

Join us for the 2016 Creative Strings Festival

For the fourteenth 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, avant garde and more at clubs, restaurants, cafes, and other venues throughout Central Ohio. Find our schedule of live performances below, most of which are free and family-friendly. Check back as we continue to add dates!


Special thanks to this year’s sponsors for their support:

Music Loves Ohio | Yamaha Strings | D’Addario Bowed | The Loft Violin Shop | Electric Violin Shop | Dixon Stein | Chamber Music Connection | Columbus Music Co-op | City Music Columbus | The Ella Fitzgerald Foundation 


Nearly 100 string players from around the world will be led in small ensembles in 20+ performances by world class performing artists. Below is our most up-to-date schedule (performances subject to change). All performances are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise:

2016 Performance Schedule coming soon!



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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