Christopher Stembridge


 

Christopher Stembridge

Christopher Stembridge studied languages at Cambridge - where he was organ scholar at Downing College - and musicology at Oxford. He was a lecturer for 20 years at University College Cork and subsequently taught at the Scuola S Cecilia in Brescia, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and the Gnesin Academy in Moscow. He lives in Italy where he holds annual summer-courses on the only surviving Venetian renaissance organ (Valvasone, PN) and on the Antegnati organs in Brescia. He travels frequently to teach and play in Eastern Europe; in 2015 he has worked at Music Academies in Estonia (Tallinn), Latvia (Riga) and Poland (Katowice) and given a series of seminars on Bach at the L'viv National Music Academy, Ukraine. He has specialised in chromatic instruments, playing both on a cimbalo cromatico comune and a reconstruction of Descartes' 19-note just-intonation keyboard; he is currently involved in the project to reconstruct Vicentino's arciorgano for the Basel music academies.

Amongst his recordings is a cd on the 16th-century organ of Arezzo Cathedral devoted to the works of both Gabrielis, a disc of English works played on an 18th-century Venetian organ and the complete Toccatas from Frescobaldi's first book recorded on an historic harpsichord. His publications include the chapter on Italy in the Cambridge Companion to the Organ; he has edited the complete keyboard music of Mayone and de Macque and is currently working on the new Bärenreiter edition of Frescobaldi's organ and keyboard music, the fourth volume of which has just appeared.performances at the Sydney Opera House), and he was the founder/conductor of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir. He continues to pursue his career as organist, conductor, composer and writer both in the UK and in the USA.