Christopher Norton is an established composer, arranger, pedagogue, and producer, best known for his world famous Microjazz series. Born in New Zealand in 1953, he began composing as a teenager and later earned an honors degree in music from Otago University in Dunedin. After completing his studies, he divided his time between teaching music in local high schools, freelancing as a composer and arranger, performing as a pianist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and playing keyboards in a rock band.
While studying composition at The University of York in England with Wilfred Mellers and David Blake, Christopher Norton wrote a variety of choral works, orchestral pieces, piano music, and musicals. As a performer in various bands, he began to experiment with combining classical and contemporary popular styles.
Christopher Norton has enjoyed a successful career as a composer, having written stage musicals, ballet scores, piano music, popular songs, and orchestral music as well as jingles and signature tunes for television and radio and ringtones for cell phones. In addition to lecturing all over the world on his work, he has produced numerous recordings for the worldwide gospel music market.