A formidable combination of passion, ambition, innovation, and talent, Christian Sedelmyer exemplifies a new generation of musicians. A 4 and 5 string violin player and composer who is influenced in equal part by Neil Young and Stuart Duncan, Christian's unique and progressive improvisational ideas, technical facility, and ardent musicianship have garnered him a strong reputation in Nashville, where he now makes his home. Originally from Erie, PA, Christian grew up studying classical violin, while simultaneously playing 60's and 70's era folk rock in his dad's band. After graduating from Wake Forest University with a business degree, Christian took a consulting job in Washington, DC. It took less than a year for him to realize that working a nine-to-five was not going to allow him to satisfy his musical curiosities.
With no real plan, but ample determination, he picked up and moved to Nashville in 2008. His only goal: to play as much music as possible. It was in Nashville that he discovered music truly made for the instrument he had already fallen in love with: bluegrass, old-time, country, acoustic folk, and other world fiddle traditions. He eagerly immersed himself in these styles, learning from recordings of the greats and jamming with his peers. Embracing the influence of the music that he loved growing up, Christian quickly moved from outsider to educated innovator.
In 2009, he joined acoustic pop group The Farewell Drifters, with whom he toured nationally for two and a half years, recorded and promoted two albums, and performed at festivals such as Grey Fox, Winfield, and RockyGrass.
A now increasingly in-demand sideman and session player, he has performed or recorded with Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Vince Gill, Kacey Musgraves, Sierra Hull, Molly Tuttle, Alison Brown, Sam Bush, Darrell Scott, Tim O'Brien, Bryan Sutton, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Peter Rowan, Andrew Marlin, Steve Earle, Langhorne Slim, The String Cheese Incident, The Indigo Girls, Rayland Baxter, Kelsey Waldon, Caroline Spence, Sons of Bill, The Apache Relay, The Greencards, The DanBerrys, The Black Lillies, Eli West, Mac McAnally, Carolyn Martin (TX Western Swing Hall of Fame, The Time Jumpers), Jenni Lyn Gardner, Sally & George, and Nora Jane Struthers, among others. He has composed original music for Disney, appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and NPR's Says You!, performed at Pickathon and MerleFest, and toured Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Japan, France and Hong Kong.
In early 2012, he started the band 10 String Symphony with fellow fiddle player, vocalist and clawhammer banjo player Rachel Baiman. Their debut full length release, Weight Of The World (Oct. 2015) reached #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts and was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered. They have performed as a headliner at the Auckland Folk Festival in New Zealand and played live on New Zealand’s National Radio. On July 13, 2018, they released their second full length studio album, Generation Frustration, produced in Scotland by 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the Year, Kris Drever.
Christian joined the band of 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas in the summer of 2014. The Jerry Douglas Band toured Japan in late 2014 and is an annual staple at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The band's first studio album, What If, earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held in NYC.
Another of Christian's original music projects includes duo instrumental compositions and recordings with mandolinist Dave Goldenberg. Their debut album The Show About Nothing was released in May 2014. They have begun writing and recording a second album in 2018.
Devoted coffee roaster, distinguished debate coach, and avid Yelper, Christian is part of the generation that will seize life by the throat and shake it until it all comes out right, and all to the sounds of sweet violin experiments.
Christian plays D'Addario strings and uses an Aceto Violect pickup.