Christian Winther Christensen to receive Kunstpreis Berlin

Christian Winther Christensen to be awarded the prestigious Kunstpreis Berlin.

Christian Winther Christensen / Photo by Mette Kramer Kristensen

The Akademie der Künste have announced that Christian Winther Christensen will be awarded the Kunstpreis Berlin, to the amount of 5.000, on March 18 at Akademie-Gebäude at Pariser Platz in Berlin. 

The Berlin Jubilee Foundation 1848/1948 Art Prize was founded in 1948 by the Berlin Senate in memory of the March Revolution of 1848. It has been awarded by the Akademie der Künste on behalf of the state since 1971. 

There have been two world premieres of orchestral pieces by Christian Winther Christensen in 2019 alone. In February his Piano Concerto was premiered at the ECLAT Festival Neue Musik in Stuttgart, commissioned and performed by the SWR Symphony Orchestra. The premiere received several enthusiastic reviews from international music magazines, amongst which the Schweizer Musikzeitung wrote: “The result, however, was by no means mere caricature, but poetry that with timid and implosive gestures was immediately touching and was met by an accordingly enthusiastic echo at the end.” Words of praise also followed from the Cambridge Core: “The highlight of the evening and perhaps even the whole festival was Christian Winther Christensen’s Piano Concerto, which demonstrated the occult powers of working with piano and orchestra in a tantric fashion.”

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In November 2019, his Viola Concerto was premiered in Odense Koncerthus by violist Rafaell Altino, Odense Symphony Orchestra, and David Danzmayr. The concerto was said to “sharpen the senses”, focusing on the faint noises of the instruments which the listener usually passes by. The Viola Concerto also well-received by the press, amongst which the Danish newspaper Politiken wrote: “... now, Rafaell Altino and the rest of the world have been enriched with a quiet, yet solid viola concerto.”

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Furthermore, in 2019, Christian Winther Christensen received the H.C. Lumbye/Agerby grand for “making his mark as one of the most prominent names of his generations on the art music scene.” Additionally, great reviews of Winther Christensen’s Almost in G emerged. Politiken and the music blog have picked the album as among the best classical albums of 2019, to which toneshift added: “...this thoughtful and enigmatic composer, yet very natural, who doesn’t deliberately leave behind any aspect of the hyper-complex palette of human emotions.”