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

All categories 2-6 Instruments 7+ Instruments Orchestra

  1. In Touch

    2021 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    Piano quartet & MIDI keyboard (5 musicians)

  2. Täuschung

    2012 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    5 minutes

    Cello, accordion & live-electronics (MaxMSP)

  3. Viola Concerto

    2019 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

    17 minutes

    2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/perc/keyb/archi + solo viola

  4. Piano Concerto

    2018 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

    22 minutes

    Piano, midi piano, and orchestra

  5. Four Hyper-Realistic Songs

    2015 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    Alto flute, bass clarinet, cello, harp & piano

  6. Pre-Air on the G String

    2013 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

    6 minutes

    String orchestra

  7. Andante con Moto

    2010 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    6 minutes

    Bass clarinet, trumpet, inside piano, violin, viola & cello

  8. Sextet

    2014 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    6 minutes

    Cl, trp, inside pno, vl, vla, vlc

  9. Chromatische Weltmusik

    2013 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

    25 minutes

    Vc. solo, Acc. solo + 3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/2 perc/pno/org/archi

  10. Concerto for a Movie Loop

    2012 • Christian Winther Christensen

    Orchestra

    7 minutes

    2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/timp/2 perc/archi

  11. Festmusik

    2010 • Christian Winther Christensen

    7+ Instruments

    8 minutes

    1.1.1.0/1.1.1.0/pno/1.1.1.1.1

  12. Nachtmusik

    2011 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    8 minutes

    Alto fl, bass cl, vl, vlc, pno

  13. Being Apu Sarkar

    2009 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    Alto saxophone, piano and percussion

  14. Septet

    2009 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    Bcl, bsn, cor, vl, vla, vlc, cb + video projection

  15. in my presence

    2009 • Christian Winther Christensen

    7+ Instruments

    11 minutes

    1.0.1.1/1.0.0.0/pno/live-electronics/1.0.1.1.1

  16. String Trio

    2009 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    5 minutes

    vl, vla, vlc

  17. Heiliger Dankgesang

    2006 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    2 vl, vla, vlc + electronics (max/MSP patch)

  18. A Fall from the Perfect Ground

    2006 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    15 minutes

    fl, cl, pno, vl, vla, vlc

  19. Don’t look back

    2006 • Christian Winther Christensen

    2-6 Instruments

    8 minutes

    Bcl, Btrb, pno, vl, vlc

  20. The Deconstruction of my Shadow

    2006 • Christian Winther Christensen

    7+ Instruments

    9 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/perc/arpa/pno/1.1.1.1.1




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News

  1. Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

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    Work Grants from the Danish Arts Foundation

  2. reviews

    "Reformulation of the genre" Winther Christensen's Piano Concerto reviewed

  3. Winther Christensen and Rohloff at Ultraschall Berlin

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    Winther Christensen and Rohloff at Ultraschall Berlin

  1. Upcoming performances 2022

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    Upcoming performances 2022

  2. Piano Concertos in radio feature

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    Piano Concertos in radio feature

  3. World premieres at SPOR festival

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    World premieres at SPOR festival

  4. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

    nominations / awards

    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  5. Digital Concert Series

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    Digital Concert Series

  6. 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

  7. Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

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    Composers and Edition·S works on Danmark Nu

  8. Christian Winther Christensen · Seismograf interview

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    Christian Winther Christensen · Seismograf interview

  9. Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

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    Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

  10. Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland

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    Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland

  11. Christian Winther Christensen to receive Kunstpreis Berlin

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    Christian Winther Christensen to receive Kunstpreis Berlin

  12. Viola Concerto reviewed · Christian Winther Christensen

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    Viola Concerto reviewed · Christian Winther Christensen

  13. Christian Winther Christensen · Viola Concerto · World Premiere

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    Christian Winther Christensen · Viola Concerto · World Premiere

  14. Danish/Korean Festival Collaboration

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    Danish/Korean Festival Collaboration

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

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

  16. Great reviews of Winther Christensen's Piano Concerto

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    Great reviews of Winther Christensen's Piano Concerto

  17. Reviews and nomination for Winther Christensen

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    Reviews and nomination for Winther Christensen

  18. Christian Winther Christensen broadcasts

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    Christian Winther Christensen broadcasts

  19. Danish focus at Cairo Contemporary Music Days

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    Danish focus at Cairo Contemporary Music Days

  20. Great album reviews for Winther Christensen

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    Great album reviews for Winther Christensen

  21. Christian Winther Christensen premiered at ECLAT Festival

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    Christian Winther Christensen premiered at ECLAT Festival

  22. Winther Christensen and Steen-Andersen in Luxembourg

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    Winther Christensen and Steen-Andersen in Luxembourg

  23. Upcoming Winther Christensen album

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    Upcoming Winther Christensen album

  24. Dance party with CW Christensen world premiere

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    Dance party with CW Christensen world premiere

  25. Lenio Liatsou premieres Winther Christensen pieces

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    Lenio Liatsou premieres Winther Christensen pieces

  26. Christensen and Steen-Andersen at Kontraklang

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    Christensen and Steen-Andersen at Kontraklang

  27. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  31. American praise for Chorale by Winther Christensen

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    American praise for Chorale by Winther Christensen

  32. Danish Arts Foundation grants for Edition·S composers

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    Danish Arts Foundation grants for Edition·S composers

  33. SPOR Festival presents “Chorale” by Winther Christensen

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    SPOR Festival presents “Chorale” by Winther Christensen

  34. All-in on solo cello at CPH LiteraturHaus

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    All-in on solo cello at CPH LiteraturHaus

  35. Leading New York festival features Holmen and Christensen

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    Leading New York festival features Holmen and Christensen

  36. New composer portraits

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    New composer portraits

  37. Enigmatic premiere and more at Suså

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    Enigmatic premiere and more at Suså

  38. Premiere of Winther Christensen piece

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    Premiere of Winther Christensen piece

  39. Christian Winther Christensen receives large grant

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    Christian Winther Christensen receives large grant

  40. PULSAR concerts praised by critics

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    PULSAR concerts praised by critics

  41. Chromatische Weltmusik at PULSAR

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    Chromatische Weltmusik at PULSAR

  42. Upcoming Performances

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    Upcoming Performances

  43. DYGONG Mass in Copenhagen Cathedral

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    DYGONG Mass in Copenhagen Cathedral

  44. Christian Winther Christensen Portrait Concert

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    Christian Winther Christensen Portrait Concert

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

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    Chromatische Weltmusik and the Ghost of Schubert at Klangspuren Festival

  46. Klangspuren Festival

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    Klangspuren Festival

  47. Composers’ Grand Prix

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    Composers’ Grand Prix

  48. The Charm of Nordic Irony

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    The Charm of Nordic Irony

  49. Im Blick: Dänemark – Danish Composers in Germany

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    Im Blick: Dänemark – Danish Composers in Germany

  50. Danish music goes to Paris

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    Danish music goes to Paris

  51. World premiere for Christian Winther Christensen

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    World premiere for Christian Winther Christensen

  52. Edition·S composers home and abroad

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    Edition·S composers home and abroad

  53. Edition·S composers at evening of Danish music

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    Edition·S composers at evening of Danish music

  54. Suså Festival 2013

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    Suså Festival 2013

  55. DYGONG On the Run

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    DYGONG On the Run

  56. SPOR Festival 2013

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    SPOR Festival 2013

  57. SPOR Programme Released

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    SPOR Programme Released

  58. Odense Symphony Orchestra Presents: {Pliiinggg…}

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    Odense Symphony Orchestra Presents: {Pliiinggg…}

  59. Interview {PLIIINGGG…}

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    Interview {PLIIINGGG…}

  60. Being Apu Sakar at Wundergrund Final Party

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    Being Apu Sakar at Wundergrund Final Party

  61. Christian Winther Christensen receives Schierbeck award

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    Christian Winther Christensen receives Schierbeck award

  62. Nordic Darkness and Electric Light

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    Nordic Darkness and Electric Light

  63. Edition·S invasion at Athelas next week

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    Edition·S invasion at Athelas next week

  64. Zoë Martlew blogs from her stay in DK

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    Zoë Martlew blogs from her stay in DK

  65. A Busy Spring for Edition·S Composers

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    A Busy Spring for Edition·S Composers

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

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    Two composers to be artistic managers of new music ensemble

  67. Successful DYGONG release & P2 Puls review

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    Successful DYGONG release & P2 Puls review

  68. Two composers featured on new CD release

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    Two composers featured on new CD release

  69. Invitation to DYGONG album release

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    Invitation to DYGONG album release

  70. Morten Olsen in prominent Swiss festival

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    Morten Olsen in prominent Swiss festival

  71. Edition·S at Music China in October

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    Edition·S at Music China in October

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

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    Three late summer days of art music at Suså festival

  73. Young composers at the UNM festival

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    Young composers at the UNM festival

  74. Dissonance featuring review of Christian Winther Christensen

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    Dissonance featuring review of Christian Winther Christensen

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

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    Christian Winther Christensen on Tage für Neue Music in Zürich

  76. 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

  77. 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

  78. New string quartets released on Dacapo Records

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    New string quartets released on Dacapo Records

  79. 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