JAMES DAVID CHRISTIE has been internationally acclaimed as one of the finest organist of his generation.  He has performed around the world with symphony orchestras and period instrument ensembles as well as in solo recitals.  He has served as organist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1978 and has performed and recorded under such conductors as James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Colin Davis, John Williams, Edo de Waart, Gerard Schwartz, Jeffrey Tate, Andrew Davis, Klaus Tennstedt, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Trevor Pinnock, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood and Andrew Parrott.  He has been a guest professor at conservatories in New York, Paris, Krakow, Vienna, Montreal and Brussels and gives over thirty master classes every year.  He is the Distinguished Artist in Residence and College Organist at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Professor of Organ at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio.  He has previously held positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University and Boston Conservatory.

 

James David Christie received his degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory, including the coveted Artist Diploma.  He has studied with David Boe, Bernard Lagacé, Harald Vogel and Marie-Claire Alain.  He has served as Organist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1978 and has toured the United States and Japan with them.  He has performed as soloist with the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Mainly Mozart Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony, Bach Ensemble, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the Boston Philharmonic. James David Christie 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.  He was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from New England Conservatory. 

 

James David Christie has served on international organ competition juries in Paris, St. Omer-Wasquehal, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Chartres Cathedral, Liège, Montreal, Dublin, Worcester, Calgary, Leipzig, Lübeck, Kaliningrad, Speyer, Erfurt, Lausanne, Boston, Dallas, Amsterdam and Bruges.  He was the 1979 First Prize winner of the Bruges International Organ Competition; he was the first American to ever win First Prize in this competition and the first person in the 18 year history of the competition to win both the First Prize and the Prize of the Audience.  He has given over 40 concert tours of Europe.  Recently, he performed solo recitals in Paris, France, on the Evening Artists Series at St. Sulpice, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Notre-Dame des Blancs-Manteaux.  In addition, he gave master classes at the Paris Conservatory-CNR.  He has performed for National, Regional and Chapter AGO Conventions and events in Boston, Worcester, Tanglewood, Cape Cod, New York City, San Antonio, Dallas, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Richmond, Seattle and Philadelphia. His students have been international prize winners in the United States, Europe, South Africa and Japan.   This summer, he will perform in Italy, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and France.  He is a member of the McGill University Summer Organ Academy in Montreal, Canada, and Musica Antiqua Bolzano, Italy.  James David Christie has recorded for Decca, Philips, Nonesuch, JAV, Northeastern, Arabesque, Denon, RCA, Dorian, Naxos, Bridge Records and GM Records and he has received several awards for his recordings, including the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik and the highly prized Magazine d’Orgue: Coup de Coeur.