James David Christie
James David Christie has been internationally acclaimed as one of the finest organists of his generation and has performed and recorded with symphony orchestras and period instrument ensembles around the world. He has given solo recitals and performed with orchestras in the Americas, Mexico, Europe, Iceland, Scandinavia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Japan, Korea, and Australia. In 1979, he became the first American to win First Prize in the Bruges (Belgium) International Organ Competition; he was the first person in the long history of this prestigious competition to win both First Prize and the coveted Prize of the Audience. He has served on over fifty organ competition juries and served as organist for the Boston Symphony for forty years. He has performed as a continuo artist with the Bach Ensemble, the New York Collegium, the Handel & Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Dublin Early Music Ensemble, Boston Baroque, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and he founded and directed Ensemble Abendmusik (period instruments and chorus). He has also performed with modern major symphony orchestras in Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Baltimore, London, Stuttgart, Paris, Vienna, etc. His students have been international and national competition prizewinners in St. Albans, Dublin, Bruges, Chartres, Biarritz, Leipzig, Béthune-St. Omer, Lübeck, Lausanne, Amsterdam, Gdansk, Kaliningrad (Russia), Musachino (Japan), the Canadian International Organ Competition (Montreal), Calgary International Organ Competition (Canada), the Arthur Poister (New York), Westfield, San Marino, Fort Wayne, Miami, Atlanta and numerous Regional and National AGO Competitions. He has recorded extensively and has received several awards including the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik and the Magazine de l’Orgue: Coup de Coeur.