James David Christie

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James David Christie has been internationally acclaimed as one of the finest organists of his generation.  He has performed around the world with symphony orchestras and period instrument ensembles as well as in solo recitals. He was the 1979 First Prize winner of the Bruges (Belgium) International Organ Competition; he was the first American ever to win First Prize in this prestigious competition and the first person in the competition’s eighteen year history to win both the First Prize and the Prize of the Audience.   James David Christie has served as Organist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1978 and has performed and recorded with major symphony orchestras in Vienna, London, Stuttgart, Koblentz, Paris, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Baltimore, New York, Boston, etc.  He has given over fifty tours of Europe and performs regularly in Canada, Asia, Australia and Iceland.  He is Music Director of Ensemble Abendmusik, a Boston-based period instrument orchestra and chorus specializing in sacred music of the 17th and 18th centuries. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the New England School of Law for his outstanding contributions to the musical life of Boston and was recently awarded the New England Conservatory Outstanding Alumni Award.  He has served on international organ competition juries in Paris, St. Omer-Wasquehal, Chartres, Biarritz, St. Albans, Amsterdam, Lübeck, Bordeaux, Dublin, Worcester, Calgary, Montreal, Columbus, Dallas, Leipzig, Weimar-Merseburg, Speyer, Erfurt, Tokyo, Kaliningrad, Lausanne, Boston and Bruges.  His students have been competition prizewinners in North America, Europe, Japan and South Africa; most recently, his students have won First Prizes in Fort Wayne, San Marino, Syracuse, Miami, Chartres, Biarritz, Dublin, Leipzig and AGO Regional competitions in Boston, New York City and and Detroit.  James David Christie has recorded for Decca, Philips, Nonesuch, JAV, Northeastern, Arabesque, Denon, RCA, Dorian, Naxos, Bridge and GM and has received several awards for his solo recordings, including the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik and the Magazine d’Orgue: Coup de Coeur.
 

James David Christie holds positions as the Distinguished Artist in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and Chair and Professor of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH.  He is also a member of the artist faculty at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.  He has previously held positions at Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, M.I.T. and Boston University.  He recently performed the Organ Symphony III of Saint- Saëns with the Boston Symphony under the direction of Charles Dutoit and also performed several concerts with the orchestra under Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, James Levine and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. In addition, he performed many concerts and master classes in the United States, Estonia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Monaco and served on international competition juries in Erfurt-Merseburg-Weimar (Germany) and the First Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal.  He performed the opening gala concert with the New Philharmonia Orchestra for the Boston Regional AGO Convention in Symphony Hall, Boston, performing an evening of works for organ and orchestra, by Dupré, Poulenc and Guilmant, with first 21st century performances of works by Louis Vierne and Jean Langlais.  In December, James David Christie performed 36 concerts with the Boston Symphony Pops Orchestra under Keith Lockhart in Symphony Hall, Boston. In January, he toured Japan performing Bach's monumental Art of Fugue.  In the fall of 2010, James David Christie was on sabbatical and living in Paris, France, where he served as visiting Professor of Organ at the Paris Conservatory.  He was the featured artist and teacher for the 2010 Académie “Dom Bedos” in Bordeaux on the restored Dom Bedos organ at Sainte Croix.