Grammy-nominated Conductor and Composer Christopher Lyndon-Gee has more than 33 compact discs to his credit, including a Gramophone “Critic’s Choice” and the coveted “Rosette” in four consecutive editions of the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs. His most recent release, the first of two CDs of the complete works of Varèse with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice), has had extraordinary critical response worldwide, including “musically, Christopher Lyndon-Gee blows Boulez away” (Classics Today, New York); “David triumphs against Goliath . . . . don’t think about the Boulez and Chicago disc, race to buy the astounding [éclatant] Lyndon-Gee version” (Repertoire, Paris); “Lyndon-Gee’s Polish National Radio Orchestra are every bit as good as their more famous Chicago counterparts” (The Guardian, London); “Lyndon-Gee can clearly more than hold his own against the rather puritan interpretation of Boulez” (Luister, Netherlands).
Also a much-awarded composer, Christopher was in August this year named a Laureate of the Onassis International Foundation in Athens; he receives one of the Foundation’s inaugural Awards for Composition from the President of the Greek Republic later this month. He is currently composing a major new orchestral work with solo voices in seven languages, The Auschwitz Poems.
Among many recent awards for Lyndon-Gee’s conducting are the Sydney Theater & Opera Critics “Best Conductor” award; Canberra Times “Artist of the Year” and three Australian National Critics’ Circle Awards. As a composer, he received the Adolf Spivakovsky Prize, and an (Australian) National Critics’ Circle award for his Hymn for Sarum – Te Deum; as well as (twice) the “Sounds Australian” Award. Two years ago, he held a prestigious MacDowell Fellowship in New Hampshire, USA, where, working in Aaron Copland’s former studio, he completed a Violin Concerto and several smaller works.
Christopher graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy and Music from Durham University (England), pursued graduate studies at Oxford University, then studied conducting with Franco Ferrara in Rome, composition with Goffredo Petrassi, and at Tanglewood studied with Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, Maurice Abravanel and Bruno Maderna. Subsequently, Christopher was an assistant conductor at La Scala, Milan, and became second conductor at Teatro Regio, Torino.
Since the 1980s, Christopher has been a resident conductor with all six of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation orchestras. Over a three-year period, he conducted for the Australian Ballet under artistic director Maina Gielgud, including Nureyev’s production of Raymonda. He also worked with several choreographers as a composer for dance. His full-evening work on the life of Pier Paolo Pasolini, Il Poeta muore (The Poet Dies), was awarded a “Sounds Australian” National Critics Award in 1989.
Thanks to the invitation of Hans Hierck, Christopher’s Netherlands career began in 1995 where he first worked frequently with Het Gelders Orkest, later conducting the Brabant and Limburg Symphony Orchestras. He has conducted at the Concertgebouw in the Holland and Robeco Summer Festivals; while world premieres in the Netherlands include Jacob ter Veldhuis’ Goldrush Concerto, and, with the Nederlands Ballet Orkest, six works by young composers at the September 2000 Project Jonge Componisten that just in September 2001 received the accolade from De Volkskrant “Een pluim voor dirigent Christopher Lyndon-Gee.”
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Solo and Chamber Hymn for Sarum Journal 13:08 Piano Unaccompanied Orchestra Chamber Symphony No. 1 33:40 1 1 2(in A) 0 Sop.Sax. – 2 1 1 1; Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Str. Hymn for Sarum A Setting of the Te Deumfor Soprano Solo, 8-voice Choir and Orchestra 24:40 Solo Sop., SSAATTBB Chorus; 2(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str. Intrada Cubanafor Orchestra 6:44 2(Picc.) 1 2(B.Cl.) 2(Cbsn.) 2 Sax – 2 2 3 0; Timp. 5Perc. Pno. Str. Music for String Orchestra 14:00 Str. (divisi) Music for String OrchestraMusic for String Orchestra 13:00 String Orchestra divisi (4 4 4 3 2) (soloists or multiples); optional Tam-tam