A 2015 winner of an Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Composer Prize, Christian Mason is enjoying a prolific career with an array of prestigious commissions. His latest premieres include ‘Zwischen den Sternen’ for Ensemble Recherche, which was described by the journal MusikTexte as a “highlight of the festival [Ultraschall Berlin]”, ‘Eternal Return’ written for hr-sinfonieorchester, celebrating Breitkopf & Härtel’s 300th anniversary in January 2019, and ‘Eternity in an hour’ written for Vienna Philharmonic (conducted by Christian Thielemann), performed as part of its Bruckner series in April/May 2019. The latter two works are the first parts of the orchestral cycle ‘Time and Eternity’ which will be completed by Christian’s most recent commission for Konzerthausorchester Berlin (conducted by Christoph Eschenbach). Other current projects include forthcoming works for the Arditti String Quartet (to premiere at the Paris Philharmonie in January 2020), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (with Neue Vocalsolisten to premiere in Spring 2021), and Ligeti String Quartet (Books III and IV of the Songbooks cycle). In addition, Christian is developing a music-theatre project initiated by the Royal Opera House: ‘(Dis)embodiment’.

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 Münchener 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 the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg, 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.


Spring 2020