Christian Præstholm, born in 1972, was educated at the Royal Academy of Music (DJM) in Aarhus as an organist and music theoretician. Further studies with Susan Landale 1996-97 at the Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison in Paris, from where he gained the highest distinction: Prix de Virtuosité à l’Unanimité de Jury, with David Titterington and Nigel Allcoat (improvisation) in London 1997-98. Masterclasses with Michael Radulescu, Anders Bondemann (improvisation), Hans Ola Ericsson, Petr Eben, Jon Laukvik, Nicolas Kynaston, Montserrat Torrent, Lionel Rogg, Ludger Lohmann and Naji Hakim (improvisation).
Organ début concert from the soloist class 1999. Diploma exam in the Theory of Music 2000. Teacher of the organ and theory of music at DJM 2000-2016, as well as at Vestervig School of Church Music 2001-2009, the North Jutland Conservatoire 2005-2007 and the West Jutland Conservatoire 2008-10.
External examiner in the theory of music at all Danish conservatoires since 2004.
Organist and harpsicord player at Den jyske Sinfonietta 2001-07. Carillonneur’s diploma at the Løgumkloster School of Church Music 2010.
He has been organist at the Danish churches in Paris both in Paris and in London, and has since 2007 been organist at Sct. Mortens Kirke in Randers.
Christian Præstholm has given numerous concerts in Denmark, France, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Poland and Russia and recorded many CDs. His partiality for modern music has led to a close collaboration with many different Danish and foreign composers and first performances of their works. Among these can be mentioned Simon Steen-Andersen, Ivar Frounberg, Bent Lorentzen, Fuzzy, Mogens Christensen, Jan Maegaard, Svend Nielsen, Jexper Holmen, Niels Marthinsen, Peter Bruun, Mikael Østen Ore, Kristian Rusila and Gunnar A. Kristinsson.
Christian Præstholm has received scholarships from different foundations, among them The Composer Jacob Gades legat, Augustinus Fonden, Knud Højgaards Fond, Fondation Idella, The Society of Piano- and Organbuilders in Denmark, Ejnar Hansens legat for organists and conductors 2016, and Former Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs Mette Madsens grant for ecclesiastical, creative and performing artists 2019.
As a composer he has written works for choir, organ, various soloists and chamber ensembles as well as hymn tunes. Various works have been commissioned such as GLORIA (for the installation ceremony of the bishop in Aalborg Cathedral 2010), the cantata Menneskets lys (The light of man) (for Viborg Cathedral), Fem Kristus-Ord (Five words of Christ) and Siseby-Suite (for Haderslev Cathedral), Sonatine for trumpet and organ (for Musikkens Hus, Aalborg), the cantata For verden (for the world) for Dybbøl Church, My lost love (for Aros Guitar Duo); solo works for Frederik Munk Larsen (Niels Ebbesen-variations for guitar), Philip Aggesen (Danse Macabre for organ) and James D.Hicks (Variations on the Danish folk tune En yndig og frydefuld sommertid, Fantasi on a bridal danse from Sønderho and Fugue on the Copenhagen Town Hall Carillon). He has composed and published 275 chorale preludes, which have become very widespread and are played in large as well as smaller churches all over Denmark.
Member of The Danish Composers’ Society.