“If you wouldn't see who is playing, you would think it is somebody from India.” - with these words his Guru introduced Christian to the audience when he performed at the Embassy of India in Berlin for the first time.
Christian has learned Hindustani classical music on the sitar from Dr. Raj Bhan Singh and other teachers in Benares since 1995, and from Prof. Subroto Roy Chowdhury and Pandit Manilal Nag in Calcutta since 2001. In 2010, Christian was awarded an ICCR Cultural Exchange Scholarship and moved to Calcutta, where he completed his BA in Instrumental Music at Rabindra Bharati University with a 1st class result in 2013. Studying with Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Christian completed his MA in Instrumental Music at Rabindra Bharati University with a 1st class result with distinction, and was awarded the Sangeet Prabhakar Degree by the Prayag Sangeet Samiti in 2015. Concurrently, he completed diploma courses in the languages Bengali, Hindi and Urdu, and learned elementary Sanskrit and Tamil. Currently, Christian pursues his PhD in Music at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London with an AHRC scholarship .
He has given concerts at international venues and festivals in Germany, U.K., France, Italy, India and Indonesia to the acclaim of audiences and the media, performed for the Indian TV channels Doordarshan, Max5Entertainment and the German RBB Kulturradio, and has held lecture demonstrations and workshops about Indian classical music at various cultural centres. In his raga renditions the very soul of India can be heard. Apart from teaching Sitar, Christian arranges compositions for Indian and Western instruments in collaboration with artists from other musical traditions and works as studio musician.