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. Current projects include the completion of the orchestral cycle Time and Eternity for Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Christoph Eschenbach, as well as The Singing Tree for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (with Neue Vocalsolisten), Somewhere in the Distance for the Donaueschingen Festival 2021, and two new works as part of his residency with the Orchestre National d’Auvergne (2020-22).

Recent years also saw the premieres of orchestral works for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Christian Thielemann), hr-sinfonieorchester, , Philharmonia Orchestra (with Anu Komsi), Münchener Kammerorchester, Orchestre National de France (Alla Breve); ensemble works for Ensemble Recherche (at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin as well as a recording for ‘Winter & Winter’), the CONNECT project (London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Remix, Ensemble Asko-Schönberg), Lucerne Festival (Ensemble Intercontemporain) and BBC PROMS (London Sinfonietta); chamber music works for Arditti String Quartet (Paris Philharmonie), Ligeti String Quartet (as well as a CD on nonclassical), ‘Nouveaux Horizons’ festival at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix; solo works for the Orléans Concours International (Brin d’Herbe) and Jack Adler-McKean (tuba).

Other notable projects have included ‘Remnants’ and ‘Tripych’ for Opera Erratic, and commissions for Gwangju theatre in Korea, Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, Lucerne Festival Academy and Pierre Boulez, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Britten Sinfonia ‘At Lunch’, Carolin Widmann and Simon Lepper (Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre) and Jean-Guihen Queyras (Aldeburgh festival).  His works have also been performed by Midori, Mieko Kanno, Gergely Mardaras, Elgar Howarth, Francois-Xavier Roth, Baldur Bronnimann, James MacMillan, Pavel Kotla, Stilian Kirov, Maxime Tortelier, London Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker and BBC Philharmonic. His works are recorded on the London Sinfonietta Label, LSO Live, Col Legno, Winter & Winter and nonclassical.

Christian is a visiting teacher of composition at the University of Cambridge, and for the LSO Panufnik Young Composers Project. He has been a resident artist at Eton College, Villa Concordia, Civitella Ranieri and at SWR Experimental Studio in Freiburg. In 2012 he was awarded the Mendhelssohn Scholarship and received a British Composer Award. Christian completed a Ph.D at King’s College London with George Benjamin and has worked as Composition Assistant to Sir Harrison Birtwistle.  He is a founding Artistic Director of the Octandre Ensemble and plays the Theremin.

His works are published by Breitkopf & Härtel.


Spring 2021