Vita | Christian Bischof (english)

Christian Bischof is one of the young rising stars of organ and church music in Europe today. He was born in 1982 and grew up in Bamberg, Germany. Bischof received his earliest musical training at the music school of the Regensburg Cathedral Choir. 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 at St. Augustine Church 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 and the "Summer Concerts at Scheyern 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).