Vita | Christian Bischof (english)

Christian Bischof is one of the young rising stars of organ and church music in Europe today. 

 

Grewn up in Bamberg (Franconia), he has been organist and choir director at the large parish church of St. Margaret in Munich since 2013, where he also works with several choirs. In addition he is also in demand as a international concert organist and is the artistic director of the chambers choir Nürnberg.

 

Because of his earliest musical training at the music school of the Regensburg Cathedral Choir Bischof sees his musical roots in vocal music. After graduating from that school he studied church music and organ at the State University for Music in Würzburg and at the Conservatory of Piteå in Sweden. As a scholarship recipient from the Academic Endowment of the German Bishops’ Conference, he completed his studies in 2011 and took the esteemed Artist Diploma in Organ Performance. Among his most influential teachers are Christoph Bossert (organ), Hans-Ola Ericsson (organ), Zsolt Gárdonyi (organ, music theory), Jörg Straube (choral conducting), and Markus Bellheim (piano).

 

After several years of church music activities in Bamberg, Landshut and Würzburg, Christian Bischof worked at the Basilica of the Benedictine Abbey Scheyern since 2012. In 2013 he became organist and choir director at the large parish church of St. Margaret in Munich. He brought to life several concert series as artistic director ("Organ Summer in Gartenstadt" in Bamberg, the "Summer Concerts at Scheyern Abbey" and the „Organ Concerts at Schäftlarn Abbey“). In 2011 he contributed significantly to the renovation and tonal enrichment of the great organ in St. Augustine Church Würzburg.

 

In his prolific concert activity Christian Bischof focuses on early music as well as the repertoire of the German Romantic era – most particularly that of Max Reger – and also the works of Olivier Messiaen. 

 

His performances as a soloist and together with famous instrumentalists, ensembles, and choirs have given him the chance to play many very famous organs throughout Germany and beyond. His first concert tour to America was in 2013, when he performed at the regional AGO convention in Kalamazoo and elsewhere and was artist in residence at Western Michigan University. Since 2014 Christian Bischof has been a Certified Organ Expert (Association of Organ Experts of Germany) and since 2016 a member of the American Guild of Organists (Southwest Michigan Chapter).

 

Numerous concerts as conductor and organist with famous instrumentalists, ensembles and choirs have taken him to many important places, festivals and organ instruments of most European countries. He is dedicated to historical performance practice and works with original sound ensembles such as the "Concerto München". Christian Bischof has performed several times in the „American Guild of Organists“ and „Conference of Organ“ in the USA, has been an Artist in Residence at Michigan University, a lecturer in masterclasses, and a juror in competitions. In 2017, a concert tour took him for the first time to the concert halls of Russia. He also works as a Certified Organ Expert (Association of Organ Experts of Germany).