Christian Winther Christensen (b. 1977)
Christian Winther Christensen is an example of the wave of younger composers in Europe that have each found their own musical language. Together they form the frame for a completely new way of composing and being a composer that no longer leans up against the composers of the 20th century. “The new streams give a certain freshness. Of course I am influenced by the older generation since it is them I have immersed myself in. I know all of Lachenmann and Ligeti’s works but what I am really inspired by is now my own generation”, says Winther Christensen.
As much as Christian Winther Christensen is inspired by his own generation of composers, he too in turn influences the tendencies of his time through his works. He has his own unmistakable style and manifests himself as a completely contemporary composer pushing the boundaries, while at the same time relating to music history through quotations and intimations that comment on, create ironic distance, turn on it’s head and give new music a completely new dimension.
Christian Winther Christensen studied composition at the Royal Danish Conservatory with Bent Sørensen, Niels Rosing-Schow, Hans Abrahamsen and Hans-Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg as well as at the Paris Conservatoire with Frédéric Durieux.
His music has been performed by a long series of ensembles and orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta, Curious Chamber Players (S), DissonArt Ensemble (GR), Ensemble Alternance (F), the Arditti Quartet (UK), the Silesian String Quartet (PL), Oslo Sinfonietta (N), Ensemble Blackhair (GB), Caput (IS), Interensemble (IT), Ensemble Aleph (F), the Athelas Ensemble (DK), Figura (DK), the Esbjerg Ensemble (DK) and Zoom (DK).
His works have been played at the Tage für Neue Musik 2010, ISCM Festival Sydney 2010, Festival di Nuova Musica 2008, as well as the Nordic Music Days, UNM Festival, SPOR, Athelas, Wundergrund, Suså and Musikhøst.
Winther Christensen has received Léonie Sonnings Music Prize, the Schierbeck Prize and yearly work grants from the Danish Arts Foundation.