A mandolin virtuoso of outstanding expressiveness and originality, Chris Thile has, since a very young age, played with every major artist in contemporary bluegrass. (He won the Mandolin Championship in Winfield, Kansas at the age of 12.) His first Sugar Hill recording, "Leading Off," was named the #1 bluegrass album of 1994 by The Chicago Tribune, and a single climbed the "Bluegrass Unlimited" radio survey for 5 months. His second album, "Stealing Second," garnered rave reviews as well.
He has appeared on Prairie Home Companion, TNN's PrimeTime Country and Music City Tonight. Chris was a founding member of The Grass is Greener with Richard Greene and David Grier, and was a member of the hit band Nickel Creek, contributing sparkling, crisp mandolin work, songwriting and vocals to their sound. He currently tours with the alt-bluegrass supergroup, the Punch Brothers.