Born in London in 1984, Christian Mason is the recipient of the latest (2012) British Composer Award for Learning Self-Modulation (violin and piano). This piece was co-commissioned by the Auditorium du Louvre, Wigmore Hall and the CDMC.
In the summer of 2013, Christian had major successes with the world premieres of two of his pieces: The Years of Light for the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music and Isolarion – Rituals of Resonance, a piece for symphony orchestra, which was premiered as part of his residency at the Luzern Academy Festival, directed by Pierre Boulez. He is now working on Unseen Seasons for the Tokyo Philharmonic Choir to be premiered at the Shizuoka Concert Hall in February 2014.
Other collaborations include extensive work with choreographers and theatre directors at places such as the Abbaye de Royaumont, Lyceum Theatre and Donmar Warehouse.
Over the years, Christian’s music has been performed by Midori, Jean-Guihen Queyras, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the LSO, which also released From Bursting Suns Escaping, for LSO Live, in 2013.
Christian completed a PhD at King’s College London with George Benjamin and was the assistant to Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Composition Support Tutor for the LSO Panufnik Young Composers Project, an invited composer at Takefu International Festival in Japan and was recently awarded the Mendelssohn Scholarship.
Christian is also founding co-Artistic Director of the Octandre Ensemble, which has benefited from the ‘Diaphonique’ grant to organise an Anglo-French Composers’ Forum at St Luke’s in November 2012, and gives regular concerts to promote contemporary music.
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