“This is music of atmosphere and hallucinatory powers that grows in volume and density… music that seems extemporised yet deep-down is highly organised.” Classical Source, May 2018
“This music is delicate, initially nearly tender, self-aware, shimmering, yet never boastful… Rarely has the music of a young composer managed to radiate such magic” – Fono Forum, May 2016
Christian Mason is enjoying a prolific career with an array of commissions including 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). Christian has also received commissions from the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (a flute concerto), baroque ensemble Il Gardellino, Ensemble Experimental in Freiburg, Witten festival and Orchestre National d’Auvergne, where he will be a composer-in-residence until June 2023.
Recent years 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), BBC PROMS (London Sinfonietta), and, in 2021, Donaueschingen Festival; 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.
A 2015 winner of an Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Composer Prize, 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.