Heinrich Christensen, organ

January 29, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
St. Cecilia Church
18 Belvidere Street
Boston, MA 02115
Admission is free | Donations gratefully accepted
Heinrich Christensen, organ @ St. Cecilia Church | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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A native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen received the Church Music and Soloist Diplomas from the Århus Conservatory of Music with further studies at the Conservatoire de Saint-Maur with Olivier Latry. After a stint as a music director in Malmö, Sweden, he came to the US in 1998 and received an Artist Diploma in Organ Performance from the Boston Conservatory where his teacher was James David Christie.

He was appointed Music Director King’s Chapel in the year 2000 after serving as the affiliate organist under Daniel Pinkham for the last two years of Dr. Pinkham’s 42-year tenure at the church. At King’s Chapel, he manages the Tuesday Noon Hour Recitals as well as the King’s Chapel Concert Series, and directs the fully professional choir. Heinrich was a prizewinner at the international organ competitions in Odense and Erfurt and has given solo recitals on four continents.

An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Daniel Pinkham, Carson Cooman, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman and several others. He has worked extensively as an accompanist for many choral groups in the Boston area, and has recorded with Philovox, Boston Secession and Seraphim Singers, and Daniel Pinkham’s works for solo voice and organ with Florestan Recital Project. The solo CD “Heinrich Christensen plays the C.B. Fisk Organ at King’s Chapel” (available at www.arsisaudio.com) was hailed by Gramophone Magazine as a “smorgasbord” of “enormous stylistic flexibility”. Since 1998 he has performed an annual recital as a featured soloist of Boston’s venerable First Night celebrations. In February 2011, he released a recording of Clavierübung III. In October 2011, Albany Records released “The Sacred Voice” with works of Graham Gordon Ramsay.

His articles have been published in Denmark and the UK, he was a recitalist at the American Guild of Organists’s Region IV convention in 2011, and he presented a workshop on Scandinavian Organ Repertoire at the AGO National Convention in Mineeapolis in 2008. Mr. Christensen is a past dean of the Boston chapter of the AGO, served on the steering committee for the Regional Convention 2009, and is currently on the New Music and steering committees for the National Convention slated for 2014 in Boston.

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