Pianist, vocal coach and conductor Christopher “Topher” Mokshevski is a steadily rising figure in the worlds of Canadian opera and chamber music. He was recently appointed Resident Conductor of Calgary Opera, and is a founding member and Music Director of Toronto’s acclaimed indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre. A 2008 graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, he has been described by music critic John Terauds as “one of those bright, eager, whip-smart young artists who could give even the most hardened cynic a jolt of optimism about the future of classical music and opera” and was named one of CBC Music’s  “Hot 30 Classical Musicians under 30” in 2013.

Praised by Opera Canada for his “exemplary playing in its clarity and lyricism”, Mokshevski is frequently sought as a soloist, collaborator and music director. His 2013/2014 season includes serving as assistant conductor and repetiteur for Calgary Opera’s productions of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in addition to conducting the Emerging Artist’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. He also conducts Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Saskatoon Opera and AtG’s Messiah for Against the Grain Theatre.

In recent seasons Mokshevski participated as a music staff member for the Canadian Opera Company’s highly acclaimed production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Rigoletto, Calgary Opera’s Otello and Opera Atelier’s The Magic Flute and La clemenza di Tito. He also gave several solo piano recitals at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and music directed Against the Grain Theatre’s Figaro’s Wedding, The Turn of the Screw and multiple other productions.

Mokshevski has held music staff positions at the Chautauqua Institution under the direction of renowned pedagogue Marlena Malas and at the Highlands Opera Studio under the direction of celebrated tenor Richard Margison and stage director Valerie Kuinka.

Notable collaborations include an appearance with soprano Measha Brueggergosman and violinist Lara St. John at Roy Thomson Hall, a performance of John Adams’s riveting two-piano masterpiece Hallelujah Junction with pianist Daniel Pesca, live radio and television segments on CBC and Classical 96.3 FM with sopranos Simone Osborne and Shannon Mercer and a performance of Messiaen's Thème et variations with COC concertmaster Marie Bérard.

Mokshevski holds multiple degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, and is a graduate of the Vocal Piano Program at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where he studied with renowned vocal coach and pianist Warren Jones. From a young age he enjoyed success as a solo pianist, performing his first concerto with symphony orchestra at the age of 11, and winning first prizes at the Eastman School of Music International Young Artists Competition, the Empire State Piano Competition, the Canadian Music Competition and the Milosz Magin International Piano Competition, leading to a a year-long residency in Paris.

When not in residence at Calgary Opera or touring, Mokshevski resides in Toronto with his wife, Caitlin Coull.

2013/2014 SEASON

Calgary Opera: The Italian Girl in Algiers (Rossini)

assistant conductor

Nov. 16 - 22, 2013

Against the Grain Theatre: AtG’s Messiah (Handel)


Dec. 14 - 15, 2013

Calgary Opera: The Flying Dutchman (Wagner)

assistant conductor

Feb. 1 - 7, 2014

Concert Tour: Measha Brueggergosman (soprano)
Feb. 18 - March 8, 2014

Calgary Opera: Madame Butterfly (Puccini)

assistant conductor

Apr. 5 - 11, 2014

Calgary Opera: The Rape of Lucretia (Britten)


May 2 - 8, 2014

Saskatoon Opera: The Magic Flute (Mozart)


June 14 - 21, 2014

The Banff Centre/Against the Grain Theatre: Uncle John (Mozart)

music director

July 6 - Aug. 3, 2014


30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30: Christopher Mokshevski

- CBC Music

Topher Mokshevski leads a busy musical life
- Toronto Star

Local boy moves on: Christopher Mokshevski named Calgary Opera’s resident conductor” - Musical Toronto

Topher and the French connection

- Barcza Blog

Christopher Mokshevski brings variety and collaborative spirit to Toronto’s vocal scene” - Musical Toronto

Frighteningly good: Against the Grain Theatre’s The Turn of the Screw

- NOW Magazine

AtG - 7DS = Against the Grain Theatre’s Seven Deadly Sins

- Barcza Blog


Pianist / Conductor / Coach