At age 24, Christopher Holman is quickly gaining a reputation as one of America’s leading interpreters of seventeenth and eighteenth century organ and harpsichord music. Since winning top prizes at the Albert Schweitzer, Quimby Regional Young Organists’, and Young Baroque Artists Competitions, he has presented recitals throughout North America, performing at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, International Organ and Early Music Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Houston Early Music Festival, to name a few. In addition, he has performed with leading period instrument ensembles such as Tafelmusik, Ars Lyrica Houston, and the Boulder Bach Festival. Currently he holds the post of Music Associate with the Bach Society Houston, where he is the principal keyboardist for the Bach Orchestra. Also an active church musician, Holman serves as Music Associate at Christ the King Lutheran Church, where he is the organist, directs the Church Chorus, and directs the chorister program using the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.
Holman is also an active musicologist, having presented a paper most recently for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. His research areas focus on alternatim performance practice in France during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, historically-informed improvisation and its pedagogy, and ensemble performance practice in the works of J.S. Bach.
Holman 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 Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. He studied organ with Robert Bates and Dana Robinson, and harpsichord with Matthew Dirst and Charlotte Mattax. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, studying languages, and playing historic pianos.