Christian Winther Christensen
Photo: Mette Kramer Kristensen

Christian Winther Christensen

(1977-)

Portrait of Christian Winther Christensen

Christian Winther Christensen has his own unmistakable style and manifests himself as a completely contemporary composer pushing the boundaries, while at the same time relating to music history through quotations and intimations that comment on, create ironic distance, turn on it’s head and give new music a completely new dimension.

He is an example of the wave of younger composers in Europe that have each found their own musical language. Together they form the frame for a completely new way of composing and being a composer that no longer leans up against the composers of the 20th century. “The new streams give a certain freshness. Of course I am influenced by the older generation since it is them I have immersed myself in. I know all of Lachenmann and Ligeti’s works but what I am really inspired by is now my own generation”, says Winther Christensen. As much as Christian Winther Christensen is inspired by his own generation of composers, he too in turn influences the tendencies of his time through his works. 


Christian Winther Christensen studied composition at the Royal Danish Conservatory with Bent Sørensen, Niels Rosing-Schow, Hans Abrahamsen and Hans-Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg as well as at the Paris Conservatoire with Frédéric Durieux.

His music has been performed by a long series of ensembles and orchestras such as Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DK), SWR Sinfoniorchestra (DE, )Ensemble Mosaik (DE), Ensemble Recherche (DE), London Sinfonietta (GB), Distractfold Ensemble (GB), DissonArt Ensemble (GR), Curious Chamber Player (SE), Defunensemble (FI), Uusinta Ensemble (FI), Oslo Sinfonietta (NO), Ensemble Aleph (FR), Ensemble Alternance (FR), Ensemble 2e2m (FR), Athelas Sinfonietta (DK) & SCENATET (DK).  

His works have been played at the Tage für Neue Musik (DE), MATA Festival (USA), KLANGSPUREN (AT), ISCM Festival, Festival di Nuova Musica (IT), Nordic Music Days, UNM Festival, SPOR (DK), Athelas New Music Festival (DK), PULSAR (DK), G((o))ng Tomorrow (DK).

Winther Christensen has received Akademie der Künste's Kunstpreis Berlin (2020), the H.C. Lumbye/Agerby grant (2019), Léonie Sonning's Talent Prize, the Schierbeck Prize and work grants from the Danish Arts Foundation.

Selected Works:
Piano Concerto (2018)
Sextet (2010-2014)
Chromatische Weltmusik (2013)
Concerto for a Movie Loop (2012)
Festmusik - mit japanischem Geist und deutschem Akzent (2010)
Being Apu Sarkar (2009)

Available Works

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  1. In Touch

    2021 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  2. Täuschung

    2012 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  3. Viola Concerto

    2019 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

  4. Piano Concerto

    2018 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

  5. Four Hyper-Realistic Songs

    2015 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  6. Pre-Air on the G String

    2013 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

  7. Andante con Moto

    2010 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  8. Sextet

    2014 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  9. Chromatische Weltmusik

    2013 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

  10. Concerto for a Movie Loop

    2012 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

  11. Festmusik

    2010 • Christian Winther Christensen

    7+ Instruments

  12. Nachtmusik

    2011 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  13. Being Apu Sarkar

    2009 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  14. Septet

    2009 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  15. in my presence

    2009 • Christian Winther Christensen

    7+ Instruments

  16. String Trio

    2009 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  17. Heiliger Dankgesang

    2006 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  18. A Fall from the Perfect Ground

    2006 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  19. Don’t look back

    2006 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

  20. The Deconstruction of my Shadow

    2006 • Christian Winther Christensen

    7+ Instruments




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News

  1. World premieres at SPOR festival

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    World premieres at SPOR festival

  2. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

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    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  3. Digital Concert Series

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    Digital Concert Series

  1. Edition·S works on The Danish Arts Foundation's playlist of recommended works

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    Edition·S works on The Danish Arts Foundation's playlist of recommended works

  2. Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

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    Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

  3. Christian Winther Christensen · Seismograf interview

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    Christian Winther Christensen · Seismograf interview

  4. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

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    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  5. Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland

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    Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland

  6. Christian Winther Christensen to receive Kunstpreis Berlin

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    Christian Winther Christensen to receive Kunstpreis Berlin

  7. Viola Concerto reviewed · Christian Winther Christensen

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    Viola Concerto reviewed · Christian Winther Christensen

  8. Christian Winther Christensen · Viola Concerto · World Premiere

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    Christian Winther Christensen · Viola Concerto · World Premiere

  9. Danish/Korean Festival Collaboration

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    Danish/Korean Festival Collaboration

  10. Christian Winther Christensen receives the H.C. Lumbye/Agerby grant

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    Christian Winther Christensen receives the H.C. Lumbye/Agerby grant

  11. Great reviews of Winther Christensen's Piano Concerto

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    Great reviews of Winther Christensen's Piano Concerto

  12. Reviews and nomination for Winther Christensen

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    Reviews and nomination for Winther Christensen

  13. Christian Winther Christensen broadcasts

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    Christian Winther Christensen broadcasts

  14. Danish focus at Cairo Contemporary Music Days

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    Danish focus at Cairo Contemporary Music Days

  15. Great album reviews for Winther Christensen

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    Great album reviews for Winther Christensen

  16. Christian Winther Christensen premiered at ECLAT Festival

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    Christian Winther Christensen premiered at ECLAT Festival

  17. Winther Christensen and Steen-Andersen in Luxembourg

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    Winther Christensen and Steen-Andersen in Luxembourg

  18. Upcoming Winther Christensen album

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    Upcoming Winther Christensen album

  19. Dance party with CW Christensen world premiere

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    Dance party with CW Christensen world premiere

  20. Lenio Liatsou premieres Winther Christensen pieces

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    Lenio Liatsou premieres Winther Christensen pieces

  21. Christensen and Steen-Andersen at Kontraklang

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    Christensen and Steen-Andersen at Kontraklang

  22. Mise-en performs C.W.C., Worsaae and Glerup in New York

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    Mise-en performs C.W.C., Worsaae and Glerup in New York

  23. We’re off to Nordic Music Days (in London, unusually)

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    We’re off to Nordic Music Days (in London, unusually)

  24. Suså Festival’s 25th anniversary packed with Edition·S works

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    Suså Festival’s 25th anniversary packed with Edition·S works

  25. Glerup, Løffler and C.W. Christensen ready for Hindsgavl

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    Glerup, Løffler and C.W. Christensen ready for Hindsgavl

  26. American praise for Chorale by Winther Christensen

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    American praise for Chorale by Winther Christensen

  27. Danish Arts Foundation grants for Edition·S composers

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    Danish Arts Foundation grants for Edition·S composers

  28. SPOR Festival presents “Chorale” by Winther Christensen

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    SPOR Festival presents “Chorale” by Winther Christensen

  29. All-in on solo cello at CPH LiteraturHaus

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    All-in on solo cello at CPH LiteraturHaus

  30. Leading New York festival features Holmen and Christensen

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    Leading New York festival features Holmen and Christensen

  31. New composer portraits

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    New composer portraits

  32. Enigmatic premiere and more at Suså

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    Enigmatic premiere and more at Suså

  33. Premiere of Winther Christensen piece

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    Premiere of Winther Christensen piece

  34. Christian Winther Christensen receives large grant

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    Christian Winther Christensen receives large grant

  35. PULSAR concerts praised by critics

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    PULSAR concerts praised by critics

  36. Chromatische Weltmusik at PULSAR

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    Chromatische Weltmusik at PULSAR

  37. Upcoming Performances

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    Upcoming Performances

  38. DYGONG Mass in Copenhagen Cathedral

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    DYGONG Mass in Copenhagen Cathedral

  39. Christian Winther Christensen Portrait Concert

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    Christian Winther Christensen Portrait Concert

  40. Chromatische Weltmusik and the Ghost of Schubert at Klangspuren Festival

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    Chromatische Weltmusik and the Ghost of Schubert at Klangspuren Festival

  41. Klangspuren Festival

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    Klangspuren Festival

  42. Composers’ Grand Prix

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    Composers’ Grand Prix

  43. The Charm of Nordic Irony

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    The Charm of Nordic Irony

  44. Im Blick: Dänemark – Danish Composers in Germany

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    Im Blick: Dänemark – Danish Composers in Germany

  45. Danish music goes to Paris

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    Danish music goes to Paris

  46. World premiere for Christian Winther Christensen

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    World premiere for Christian Winther Christensen

  47. Edition·S composers home and abroad

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    Edition·S composers home and abroad

  48. Edition·S composers at evening of Danish music

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    Edition·S composers at evening of Danish music

  49. Suså Festival 2013

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    Suså Festival 2013

  50. DYGONG On the Run

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    DYGONG On the Run

  51. SPOR Festival 2013

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    SPOR Festival 2013

  52. SPOR Programme Released

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    SPOR Programme Released

  53. Odense Symphony Orchestra Presents: {Pliiinggg…}

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    Odense Symphony Orchestra Presents: {Pliiinggg…}

  54. Interview {PLIIINGGG…}

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    Interview {PLIIINGGG…}

  55. Being Apu Sakar at Wundergrund Final Party

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    Being Apu Sakar at Wundergrund Final Party

  56. Christian Winther Christensen receives Schierbeck award

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    Christian Winther Christensen receives Schierbeck award

  57. Nordic Darkness and Electric Light

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    Nordic Darkness and Electric Light

  58. Edition·S invasion at Athelas next week

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    Edition·S invasion at Athelas next week

  59. Zoë Martlew blogs from her stay in DK

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    Zoë Martlew blogs from her stay in DK

  60. A Busy Spring for Edition·S Composers

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    A Busy Spring for Edition·S Composers

  61. Two composers to be artistic managers of new music ensemble

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    Two composers to be artistic managers of new music ensemble

  62. Successful DYGONG release & P2 Puls review

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    Successful DYGONG release & P2 Puls review

  63. Two composers featured on new CD release

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    Two composers featured on new CD release

  64. Invitation to DYGONG album release

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    Invitation to DYGONG album release

  65. Morten Olsen in prominent Swiss festival

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    Morten Olsen in prominent Swiss festival

  66. Edition·S at Music China in October

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    Edition·S at Music China in October

  67. Three late summer days of art music at Suså festival

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    Three late summer days of art music at Suså festival

  68. Young composers at the UNM festival

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    Young composers at the UNM festival

  69. Dissonance featuring review of Christian Winther Christensen

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    Dissonance featuring review of Christian Winther Christensen

  70. Christian Winther Christensen on Tage für Neue Music in Zürich

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    Christian Winther Christensen on Tage für Neue Music in Zürich

  71. London Sinfonietta plays emerging stars in Copenhagen the next two days

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    London Sinfonietta plays emerging stars in Copenhagen the next two days

  72. Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen and Christian Winther Christensen on ISCM Festival this week

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    Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen and Christian Winther Christensen on ISCM Festival this week

  73. New string quartets released on Dacapo Records

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    New string quartets released on Dacapo Records

  74. Young composers performed in France

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    Young composers performed in France

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Calendar

  1. October 2021
  2. 9

    October

    Christian Winther Christensen: Andante Con Moto

    time19:00

    location ORF Musikprotokoll, Graz, Austria

    performed by dissonArt ensemble

  1. January 2022
  2. 20

    January

    Christian Winther Christensen: Piano Concerto

    time19:00

    location Ultraschall Berlin, Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin, Germany

    performed by Rei Nakamura, piano; Bas Wiegers, conductor; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin