Mark Linkins

Mark Linkins, Director of the Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble – “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.”

Stephen Lalor

[bquote author=”Stephen Lalor” source=”Plektra, Australia, 2015″]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![/bquote]

Article in Concertino Magazine, Issue 3 – 2014

CONCERTINO, Ausgabe 3/2014 Chris Acquavella is featured in a four page article in the premier German plucked-string magazine, Concertino. Article is in German. Click on link: Concertino_Issue3_2014 / English text translation: Acquavella Concertino Interview – English_Text

San Diego Reader Jan 2012

[bquote author=”Mark Pulliam” source=”San Diego Troubadour, Jan 2012″ link=””]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.[/bquote]

San Diego Reader, Dec 2011

[bquote author=”Robert Bush” source=”San Diego Reader, Dec 2011″]Acquavella is really something else. He is proving once and for all that the mandolin is the equal of any member of the string-instrument family.[/bquote]

Amy Burcham

[bquote author=”Amy Burcham” source=”Mandolin Moments Magazine, 2011″]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.[/bquote]

Reidar Falch

[bquote author=”Reidar Falch” source=”Mandolin Moments, Oct 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.[/bquote]

Robert Bush

[bquote author=”Robert Bush” source=”San Diego Reader, Nov 2011″ link=””]I don’t know much about classical music, however, I do know a virtuoso when I hear one, and Mr. Acquavella is a virtuoso of the highest order.”[/bquote]

Diane at

[bquote author=”Diane at” source=”Nov 2011″]The artistic musician, Chris Acquavella, releases a brilliant solo Classical CD, “Praeludium,” featuring his marvelous talents on the mandolin.[/bquote]

David Grisman

[bquote author=”David Grisman” source=”Composer and Mandolinist, Oct 2011″]Chris Acquavella delivers powerfully emotive solo performances that pay homage to their historical origins through his own uniquely personal mandolin voice.[/bquote]