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Justin Christensen: Biography

Justin Christensen
1975 -
Region: British Columbia

Justin Christensen

In his music, Justin Christensen enjoys exploring the inner workings of the musical object, rigorously examining it to expose its internal oppositions and generative potential, then delving into it and manipulating the complex and chaotic relations. In the end, what he wants to do is to strip the material away from itself, misremembering and re-contextualizing it to be perceived from different points of view meaning different things to the listener at different points in time. Where are the synergistic boundaries? How does it exist in time, move in time? How can it exist in another time?

Justin Christensen is currently pursuing a PhD in the U.K. with Michal Finnissy. Previously, he has completed degrees in music composition at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Netherlands and degrees in music composition and trumpet performance at McGill University in Canada. His past teachers have included Louis Andriessen, Clarence Barlow, Martijn Padding, Diderik Wagenaar, Richard Ayres and John Rea. He has received awards and prizes including the 2010 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music, TIHMS Composition Prize, ORSAS Award, as well as a number of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. He has had performances at a number of festivals such as the Gaudeamus New Music Week and Ostrava Days Festival. His compositions have been performed by the Asko Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Insomnio, Aventa Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music Canada, New European Ensemble, and Modelo62 among others. This year alone his music will be performed in Canada, the U.K., The Netherlands, and Sweden. He is currently working on a commission for the New European Ensemble graciously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.


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