Bryan Christian is a composer and data scientist based in the Washington D.C. metro area. His music focuses on the intersection of radiant harmonic landscapes, glacial pacing, and advanced analytics. Christian’s work is heavily influenced by spectral thinking, which focuses on sound color and change as a principal element of music, yet he also has a deep love for resonant major and minor harmonies. Leveraging his data-driven background, Christian weaves these disparate sound worlds together to create a harmonic language entirely his own — both new and old. The slow pacing commonly found throughout Christian’s music is also deliberate: it invites listeners to aurally zoom in and explore the most minute changes and interrelationships between the nuanced sounds.
Christian has received commissions from the New Music USA, Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the Lorelei Ensemble, the E-MEX Ensemble, the Aurora Borealis Duo, the Playground Ensemble, Festival Les Musicales, the Juventus Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, and several solo performers. Christian was also the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship to Estonia.
Christian holds a PhD in Music Composition from Duke University and additional degrees from the University of California San Diego, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Christian is an MBA Candidate at Georgetown University and a data scientist at the largest credit union in the world where he serves over 8 million members. In this role, Christian uses advanced analytics and modeling to better understand human behavior, complex patterns, and life-cycles, which in many ways is not dissimilar from his approach to composition.