Chris McKhool (born November 18, 1968) is a Canadian violinist, guitarist, composer, producer and singer-songwriter. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a Juno Award nomination for his 2008 children's album, Fiddlefire!

Biography

McKhool was born in Ottawa and raised in a musical household. McKhool took violin lessons from age 7, and studied classical violin under the tutelage of Joan Milkson of the National Arts Centre Orchestra from 1977 to 1985, as well as performing with the National Capital String Academy and teaching himself to play folk guitar. In 1985 he moved to Montreal to study at McGill University, obtaining a B.A. in Psychology. McKhool moved to Toronto in 1993, studying jazz at York University.

McKhool has recorded and performed with several jazz performers and groups including Sultans of String, Jesse Cook, Amanda Martinez, Pavlo, Club Django, Kevin Laliberte, Drew Birston, Kevin Barrett, Jordan Klapman, Ron Davis, Doug Banwell, Adam David and George Grosman.

He has also enjoyed a successful career performing for young audiences, appearing on television shows such as Mr. Dressup, YTV's Treehouse, TVOntario's Crawlspace and the CBC, as well as concerts across Canada. His 2008 children's album Fiddlefire! was nominated for a Juno Award.

Chris Mckhool has toured throughout Canada, including Baffin Island, as well as performing in England, the United States, Indonesia, Cuba, Guatemala, Peru and Tibetan schools across the Indian Himalayas. FiddleFire! has been presented live at Toronto Harbourfront's Cushion Concert series. He also headlined Toronto's First Night at the Skydome. the National Guatemalan Network show Que Onda produced a special feature including live concert footage from August 2004.

Chris McKhool has worked with notable recording engineers including Jeremy Darby (Live Aid, U2, Pink Floyd, Prince), George Seara (Jesse Cook, Michael Jackson, Sting) and Nik Tjelios (Ken Whiteley, Pete Seeger)

In 2004 Chris co-founded the world-jazz-flamenco group Sultans of String.

Chris created the world's largest bicycle bell orchestra in 2008, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto with over 800 bell ringers.