Christian Wilson has forged a unique path as an organist, combining trailblazing virtuosity with serious scholarship and championing rarely-heard or forgotten masterpieces.
Christian Wilson has forged a unique path as an organist, combining trailblazing virtuosity with serious scholarship and championing rarely-heard or forgotten masterpieces. His inspiring and unorthodox programmes celebrate both the historic roots and central repertoire of the instrument whilst engaging audiences with his own transcriptions in numerous genres, ranging from medieval dances to the music of Piazzolla and Frank Zappa. His performances have met with critical acclaim at major concert venues across Europe, the USA, Russia, South Africa and Australia.
Wilson’s musical career began at Westminster Abbey, where he was Head Chorister and became interested in the numinous quality and orchestral colour of the organ. He later 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, Wilson was awarded various prizes and scholarships to study for the solo post- graduate degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart (with Jon Laukvik and Ludger Lohmann) from where he embarked upon a career as a concert organist. 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.
In addition to his role as Assistant Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London, Wilson is Director of Music at Brasenose College, in Oxford, and Lecturer in Music at Christ Church, Oxford. He is also busy as a pianist and musicologist, appearing regularly on the BBC radio or television. His recordings of organ music from the interwar period, Commotio, and the organ works of Francis Pott (both on Acis Productions), have been particularly well received.