Christopher Tignor is a composer, violinist, lecturer, and software engineer. His emotionally charged scores and unique focus on live, performance-based electroacoustic practice has won acclaim within both the classical and experimental communities across 10 LPs on the Western Vinyl and New Albion record labels. He creates the live performance software he uses, shared freely. As a composer he has written and recorded work for ensembles including The Knights, A Far Cry string orchestra, and Brooklyn Rider string quartet, performing alongside them at premiere venues including Carnegie's Zankel Hall. As a collaborator he has worked with Rachel Grimes, Helios, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, John Congleton, This Will Destroy You and several other artists at the boundaries of popular music. Tignor holds a Ph.D in music composition from Princeton University, an M.S. in computer science from NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and a B.A. in creative writing from Bard College where he studied fiction and poetry with John Ashbery.

As a result of his unique performance technique using tuning forks, Christopher is a sponsored artist of the German tuning fork maker Wittner. Likewise, renown software leader Antares sponsors Christopher for his inventive application of Auto-Tune as a "choral" violin harmonizer. Tignor has also published these techniques intersecting music theory, composition, and software engineering through The Society for Elelectro-Acoustic Music.

“Renegade post-minimalist”
— The New Yorker
“A bulwark against the ambient clatter of everyday life...sheer technical mastery”
— Bandcamp (Album of the Day)
“We're not surprised A Light Below is great; we're surprised it's his best album yet."
— A Closer Listen (#2 Modern Compostion LP, 2019)
“...this music breathes, swoons, and swoops elegiacally, in the same way a crack symphony orchestra might on a good night.”
— Magnet (9.5 / 10)
“...labels fall to the wayside when the material pierces the heart so powerfully.”
— Textura (#1 Albums of 2016 and 2019)
“ spontaneous musical performance might be reinvented in the digital age.”
— The Daily Beast (The 30 Most Intriguing Musicians of 2017)
“Tignor's shape-shifting compositions gradually unfold a rare beauty that is forever embedded deep within the string-based liturgies of deep meaning and truth.”
— Fractured Air
“Tignor creates a muttered hum of activity that burbles at the fringes of an internally focused halo of sustained, glowing chords, and the effect is powerful.”
“Sensual, often melancholy, and expansive in its approach to both melody and time...Beautifully constructed and delivered...”
— Q2 (Album of the Week)
“Making computers coexist in harmony with acoustic instruments in a live setting is more easily imagined than achieved. But Christopher Tignor, a young composer and performer shaped as much by his work in downtown nightclubs as by his formal education at Bard College and New York University, proves that it can be done.”
— The New York Times
“A dense, nearly orchestral soundscape that's magical to listen to and impressive to see in action...a complex and experimentally technical performance style”
— Tiny Mix Tapes
“Absurdly talented”
— The Guardian UK
“Tignor's beguiling compositions move seamlessly through several stages of development, often ending up somewhere distant from where they appeared to be headed at the outset.”
— The Wire