Mandolin virtuoso, member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, and host of Live From Here
Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With a broad music outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. As the host of Live from Here, Thile is heard weekly by 2.6 million listeners on nearly 600 public radio stations.
A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums and sold over two million records. In 2014, along with a national tour, the trio released a new album, A Dotted Line, their first since 2005.
As a soloist, Thile has released seven albums including his most recent Thanks for Listening (2017) and Bach: Partitas and Sonatas, Vol.1 (2013), the latter of which was produced by renowned bassist Edgar Meyer. In February 2013, Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. Then in September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released their latest album, All Ashore, in 2018.