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Christian Kriegeskotte
August 16, 2009, 10:40 pm
Filed under: Composers



Christian Kriegeskotte

Born: 1980

Current Location: Pittsburgh, PA



Christian Kriegeskotte (b. 1980) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music, Composition) from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003.  After graduation Christian moved to Los Angeles where he lived and worked in Hollywood as a copyist for one of the industry’s foremost music preparation studios, Jo Ann Kane Music Service.  While in Hollywood, Christian contributed to feature film scores including Star Wars: Episode III, War of the Worlds, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Robots, Cars and The Interpreter as well as television scores for The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill and American Dad.  In 2006 Christian returned to his hometown of New York where he was hired by Columbia Artists Management Inc. and was quickly promoted to Associate Producer.  With CAMI, Christian assisted in producing and managing tours for artists such as Marvin Hamlisch, Betty Buckley, Joan Kwuon, Lorin Maazel and the Symphonica Toscanini, Pinchas Zukerman and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Georgian State Dance Company, Enrique Batiz and the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico as well as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Thierry Fischer.  Christian gave his notice in June 2007 in order to return to school to pursue his masters in composition which he received in May of 2009.  Christian has studied composition with Leonardo Balada, Fabien Lévy and Nancy Galbraith and has been very active as a conductor, studying with his mentor Robert Page.  Christian has performed with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Bach and the Baroque with Don Franklin and John Goldsmith at the University of Pittsburgh, The Robert Page Festival Chorus and very regularly with the Abrose Romanos Singers

Christian’s compositions have been featured in live broadcasts on WQED and WQEJ, Pittsburgh and Johnstown, PA.  Grammy winning ensembles such as Eighth Blackbird have performed his work as well as the Grammy nominated Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Carnegie Mellon Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus, Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, the Parker String Quartet, Alia Musica Pittsburgh and upcoming performances by the Ion Sound Project and Heinz Chapel Choir.  In April 2009 The American Composers Orchestra featured Christian’s new work for chamber orchestra, “Haunting the Cepheus Flare” in the 2009 ACO/Penn Presents New Music Reading and Lab in Philadelphia conducted by Cliff Colnot.  Grammy Award winning choral conductor Robert Page has collaborated with Christian on three major works involving choir and orchestra and has hailed his compositions as “mesmerizing” saying, “you’re going to be hearing a lot from this guy,” in an interview with Stephen Baum on WQED.  Dr. Page has referred to Christian’s compositions as “a force to be reckoned with.” In June 2009 Christian was commissioned to write a short piece for choir and organ that was recorded by the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter in the Loop in Chicago.  Christian’s compositions and arrangements are featured exclusively in the video arcade game “Nicktoons Nitro,” a collaborative project with Nickelodeon Studios and Raw Thrills Entertainment in Chicago.

Motivated primarily by the arcane and mysterious, Christian’s aesthetic bridges a span from the sub-avant-garde to triumphant and exciting concert music.  His motivation for writing comes from an overactive imagination and a near obsession with esoteric literature including writings passed down from antiquity.  Above all, Christian strives to communicate a very personal honesty in his aesthetic choices remaining true to his inner voice.

ALL work and recordings are copyright Christian Kriegeskotte as of 2009, all rights reserved, and may not be distributed beyond use in this podcast/blog presentation.

Copyright 2009

Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick


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