New Music Premiere: “Apparitions”, Organ and String Quartet, Robert Sirota
58 Tremont St, Boston Wednesday and Thursday, June 25 and 26, 4:00 PM
A native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen received the Church Music and Soloist diplomas from the Århus Conservatory of Music, with further studies in France at the Conservatoire de Saint-Maur with Olivier Latry. He came to the United States in 1998, and received an Artist Diploma in organ performance from The Boston Conservatory, where his teacher was James David Christie. He was a prizewinner at international organ competitions in Odense and Erfurt, and has given solo recitals on four continents.
Mr. Christensen was appointed music director of historic King’s Chapel, Boston, in 2000, after serving as affiliate organist under Daniel Pinkham. An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Pinkham, Carson Cooman, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman, and others. He has recorded with ensembles Philovox, Boston Secession, and Seraphim Singers, and Pinkham’s works for solo voice and organ with the Florestan Recital Project. His solo recording Heinrich Christensen plays the C.B. Fisk Organ at King’s Chapel, on Arsis Audio, was hailed by Gramophone as a “smorgasbord [of] enormous stylistic flexibility.” In February 2011, he released a recording of Bach’s Clavierübung, Part III. He has been a recitalist and Steering Committee member for recent regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and a workshop presenter, on Scandinavian organ repertoire, at the 2008 national convention in Minneapolis.
Mr. Christensen is a past dean of the Boston chapter of the Guild, and serves on both the Steering and New Music committees for the 2014 national convention in Boston.