• The Munier Orchestra and the Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble would like to thank Chris Acquavella for a wonderful workshop and truly inspiring concert performances. In addition to being an immensely talented performer and teacher, Chris has a wonderfully positive and nurturing spirit.

    Mark Linkins,, Director of the Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble

  • Really enjoyed playing it (Yutuma for mandolin orchestra) – one of those (rare) pieces which is both immediately enjoyable for the audience, is challenging & fun to play for the group, and which one doesn’t tire of hearing or playing!

    Stephen Lalor, Plektra, Australia, 2015

  • Acquavella demonstrates breathtaking precision; each note is individually struck. The music is elegant, intricate, evocative, and likely different than anything the listener has heard before.

    Mark Pulliam, San Diego Troubadour, Jan 2012

  • Classical teaching artist, Chris Acquavella, was an outstanding new addition this year (2011 Mandolin Symposium). He has a diverse background, great skill and musicality, and a unique ability to connect to students in the classroom situation.

    Amy Burcham, Mandolin Moments Magazine, 2011

  • Chris Acquavella’s technique is breathtaking…..It sounds like he has unconditional love for the material. He is lifting this repertoire to an exciting level….This masterpiece is great listening.

    Reidar Falch, Mandolin Moments, Oct 2011

  • The artistic musician, Chris Acquavella, releases a brilliant solo Classical CD, “Praeludium,” featuring his marvelous talents on the mandolin.

    Diane at, Nov 2011

  • Chris Acquavella delivers powerfully emotive solo performances that pay homage to their historical origins through his own uniquely personal mandolin voice.

    David Grisman, Composer and Mandolinist, Oct 2011