A 2015 winner of an Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Composer Prize, Christian is enjoying a prolific career with an array of commissions from prestigious institutions. Upcoming projects include the orchestral cycle Time and Eternity, comprising works for hr-sinfonieorchester (celebrating Breitkopf & Härtel’s 300th anniversary in January 2019), Vienna Philharmonic (as part of their complete Bruckner Symphony cycle, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach in April/May 2019) and Konzerthausorchester Berlin (also for Christoph Eschenbach, touring Germany in June 2020). Christian is also writing for Ensemble Recherche (premiere at Ultraschall Berlin January 2019), Arditti String Quartet (to premiere at the Paris Philharmonie in January 2020), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Itinéraire (Paris), Ligeti String Quartet and the Concours International de piano d’Orléans ‘Brin d’Herbe’ (April 2019). In addition, Christian is currently developing a project initiated by the Royal Opera House, in collaboration with librettist Chris Goode.
Recent years have seen the premieres of: ‘Man Made’ with soprano Anu Komsi and the Philharmonia for the ‘Music of Today’ series in May 2018; ‘Aimless Wonder’ by the München Kammerorchester and ‘Remnants’ for Opera Erratica, both in June 2017; and ‘In the Midst of the Sonorous Islands’ composed for the participative CONNECT project, which was performed around Europe by the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Remix and Ensemble Asko-Schönberg during Autumn 2016.
Christian is a visiting teacher of composition at the University of Cambridge and is Composition Support Tutor for the LSO Panufnik Young Composers Project. He has been invited as a resident artist at Civitella Ranieri (Italy) and SWR Experimental Studio in Freiburg. He was ‘Composer in Residence’ at Eton College (2014-15) and has worked as Composition Assistant to Sir Harrison Birtwistle. He completed a Ph.D at King’s College London with George Benjamin in 2012, following which he was awarded the 2012 Mendelssohn Scholarship to study privately with Frank Denyer. He previously read music at the University of York and has studied composition with Sinan Savaskan, Nicola LeFanu, Thomas Simaku and Julian Anderson.
Christian is a founding co-Artistic Director of the Octandre Ensemble. He also plays the Theremin.
His works are published by Breitkopf & Härtel.