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Christian Wilson - Organist
An innovator amongst musicians, Christian Wilson has forged a unique path in the organ world, showcasing trailblazing virtuosity and profound musicianship through inspired and unorthodox programming. His performances celebrate both the historic roots and central repertoire of the instrument whilst also engaging audiences through original juxtapositions with transcriptions, jazz, and other alternative genres.
Christian’s future engagements include tours to South Africa and the USA and a recording of his own transcriptions of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues (Op 87). Recent engagements include Spitalfields Festival, Tarasp Castle Switzerland, Ulster Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Königsberg Cathedral, St Martin’s Dudelange Luxembourg and Westminster Cathedral amongst others.
Christian’s performances have met with acclaim at major concert venues across Europe, Australia, Russia and the USA. Organist of the Chapels Royal, HM the Tower of London, and Assistant Organist at Christ Church Oxford, he is also busy as a pianist, chamber musician, musicologist and teacher with a recent recording of English works for viola and piano with Sarah-Jane Bradley. In 2012, he became the eighth person in the world to perform Francis Pott’s epic Organ Symphony ‘Christus’ (sometimes considered the “Everest” of organ repertory) with performances in Germany and the UK. His numerous celebrated transcriptions range from works by Bach and Mendelssohn to Piazzolla and Frank Zappa.
Christian’s musical career began at Westminster Abbey, where he was head chorister. He spent a year as Sub-Organist at Perth Cathedral (Western Australia) before taking up the Organ Scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford. Following a research degree (investigating the pre-Reformation English organ), Christian was awarded various prizes and scholarships to study for the solo postgraduate diploma at the Musikhochschule, Stuttgart with Jon Laukvik and Ludger Lohmann.