SP.237: The Artist in the World

Instructor: Graham Ramsay, Bldg 24-604, xt. 8-0481

Spring 2007: Class #12, May 3, 2007

Heinrich Christensen , organist



A native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen studied at the Royal Conservatory in Århus and with Oliver Latry in Paris, then went on to work as music director in Malmö, Sweden. He came to the US in 1998 to study with James David Christie at the Boston Conservatory, where he received an Artist Diploma in Organ Performance in 2000. He was the Affiliate Organist of historic King's Chapel during the last two years of Dr. Daniel Pinkham's 42 year tenure, and, after a national search, was appointed Music Director at Dr. Pinkham's retirement. 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 recitals in Denmark , Sweden , Germany , France , Ireland ,  South Africa , Japan , Canada and the US . An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Daniel Pinkham, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman, Thomas Oboe Lee, Bruce Saylor, Thomas Allen Levines, Arlene Zallman, Clifford Bevan and Elliott Gyger. He has worked extensively as an accompanist for many choral groups in the Boston area, and has recorded with Philovox and Seraphim Singers for Arsis/E.C. Schirmer. The solo cd "Heinrich Christensen plays the C.B. Fisk Organ at King's Chapel" (available at www.arsisaudio.com ) was released in the fall of 2004; Gramophone Magazine called it a "smorgasbord" and praised it for "enormous stylistic flexibility". He has been heard in numerous radio broadcasts on WCRB, and recorded Graham Gordon Ramsay's "The Nightingale", commissioned and premiered by the King's Chapel Concert Series; the work was broadcast on WGBH . Mr. Christensen serves as dean of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


Audio Samples:

1. Nikolaus Bruhns: Praeludium in E

2. Daniel Pinkham: A Flourish, A Vision and a Commandment

(a) A Flourish

(b) A Vision

(c) A Commandment


Articles on Heinrich Christensen:

Article on Heinrich Christensen in The Beacon Hill Times, January 14, 2003







































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