Personal Summary / Bio
“Versatile, serious and a whole lot of fun, keyboardist Christopher Bagan is a rising star in Canada’s music scene.” Demonstrating this remarkable versatility and stylistic flexibility in a busy season of performances on piano, harpsichord and organ, he has shown that he is equally at home on nearly any instrument with a keyboard. Boasting a repertoire that spans seven different centuries, his recent solo appearances have included such diverse programs as the complete piano music of Arnold Schönberg and a harpsichord recital featuring the music of Bach’s pupils.
With three appearances this season for Vancouver’s Music on Main series and four for Early Music Vancouver, Christopher is proving to be an artist you will want to hear and hear again. Still to come in 2012, he joins the Victoria Baroque Players as concerto soloist for the second time this season in a concert featuring Bach’s Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor, and the Italian Concerto. This summer he makes three appearances at the Early Music Vancouver Summer Festival including a recital with soprano Ellen Hargis, a performance as guest harpsichordist with Quicksilver baroque ensemble, and a concert version of Handel’s opera Orlando under the direction of Alexander Weimann. He will also be on faculty for the third year for Early Music Vancouver’s Summer Vocal Program.
Christopher is an enthusiastic collaborator, putting this array of musical styles, genres and instruments to work alongside an correspondingly diverse set of colleagues. He has just finished up two terms as the collaborative keyboardist-in-residence at the Banff Centre, performing nearly 50 concerts in 20 weeks with visiting faculty and resident artists. Highlights include performing with Canadian violinist Jonathan Crow, recording with Henk Guittart’s ensemble ‘Gruppo Montebello’ and appearing on “Live! with Kelly [Ripa]” with American Idol finalist Heejun Han.
Christopher holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto and is set to complete his Doctoral studies with Jane Coop at the University of British Columbia at the end of 2012. He has been the recipient of numerous study awards including full-tuition scholarships for both graduate degrees, awards from the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation, the Banff Centre, the Winspear Foundation and a large award from the Johann Strauss Foundation in Edmonton for three years of summer study in Salzburg and Vienna.