The young American musician Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of organists, praised by the media as “gifted” (New York Times), “dazzling” (Wall Street Journal), and “eloquent” (Los Angeles Times). Houlihan has established an international reputation for his artistry with audience-captivating performances in celebrated venues in major cities across North America and Europe, and for numerous conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.
In 2014, Houlihan made his Disney Hall debut, performing with principal brass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for which the Los Angeles Times raved, "Houlihan is the next big organ talent." Also in 2014, Houlihan performed in a prime-time slot of WQXR's All-Day Bach Organ Marathon in New York City. Spanning 18 hours, the marathon was webcast live and seen by thousands.
One of the significant highlights of the 2015–2016 season was Houlihan's debut recital at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center audience offered him a standing ovation after the first work on the program. His 2015–16 concert season included nearly two dozen recitals across the country, including New York City, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Portland, and Phoenix. 2016–17 season solo performances will take him to Long Island, San Francisco, and Jacksonville, and he will appear as soloist with the Columbus, Georgia Symphony.
Christopher Houlihan's “Vierne2012” tour attracted international attention and critical acclaim for his marathon performances of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne in six major North American cities. The Los Angeles Times called his performance there “a major surprise of the summer, a true revelation.”
Houlihan studied with Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School, where he earned a master's degree, with John Rose at Trinity College (Hartford), and Jean-Baptiste Robin at the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles. Mr. Houlihan's two recordings include music of Maurice Duruflé and Jehan Alain, and the Second Organ Symphony by Louis Vierne, both on Towerhill Records. The summer of 2016 will see the release of a new all-Bach organ CD, recorded at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, which features Bach's famous Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor and Houlihan's own arrangement of Bach's Italian Concerto, BWV 971.
Christopher Houlihan lives in Brooklyn, New York, is Director of Music and Organist at The Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan, and Artist-in-Residence at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Additional information can be found at ChristopherHoulihan.com.
Christopher Houlihan is represented exclusively in North America by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.
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