Christopher Holman is an American organist who specializes in music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Since winning first at the Albert Schweitzer and Young Baroque Artists Competitions, he has presented solo recitals throughout North America and Europe, and has performed at major international festivals, including the BachFest Leipzig, National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, and International Organ and Early Music Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has also appeared with leading North American historical instrument ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Ars Lyrica Houston, and Boulder Bach Festival. Thanks to a grant from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, he is spending this year researching and performing on historic organs throughout Europe based at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland.
As a musicologist, he specializes in historical performance practice of liturgical music, and his paper French Classical Plainchant Performance has recently been published by Oxford University’s journal Early Music. He has also presented papers for the Eastman-Rochester Organ Initiative and Bach Society Houston.
He received Bachelor of Music Degrees in Organ and Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Houston. He studied organ with Robert Bates and Dana Robinson, and harpsichord with Charlotte Mattax and Matthew Dirst.