About

Christian Holmqvist (b. 1974, Helsinki) is a Finnish composer. He studied composition privately (1992-1996) under the guidance of Lars Karlsson, composer and senior teacher at the Sibelius-Academy. As part of his studies in musicology at the University of Helsinki (1993-2002) Holmqvist participated in seminars in composition and orchestration held by composer Harri Vuori. 

Holmqvist has composed works commissioned by, for example, the Helsinki Symphonic Winds, the saxophonist Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo and the mezzo-soprano Marika Kivinen. His works have been performed by the chamber orchestra Avanti!, the St. Michel Strings, the Kuopio City Orchestra and the Guards Band, and others. Outstanding Finnish musicians such as the pianist Risto-Matti Marin, the pianist Ere Lievonen, the accordionist Matti Pulkki and members of the AND Ensemble (violinists Annemarie Åström and Paula Nykänen, violist Tiila Kangas and cellist Tomas Nuñez-Garcés) have performed his music. 

Holmqvist is active as a music writer and participates in webcasts as a commentator on classical music. He has published musicological articles and reviews. He has worked as a lecturer, and as a teacher of music theory at the Åbo Akademi University.

Holmqvist's scores are mainly available through the website of MusicFinland:   https://core.musicfinland.fi/composers/christian-holmqvist 

Some works are published by Edition Tilli: https://www.editiontilli.fi/fi/edition-tilli/

See List of Works for further details.