Christian Schiøler

Principal Timpani

Christian Utke Schiøler is from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he started his musical upbringing at the age of 8, playing in the Tivoli Boys Guard, an institution that has produced a vast number of musicians to take up positions in Danish orchestras, and in Danish musical life in general.

After three years of studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM), Christian was appointed assistant timpanist/percussionist with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) in 1992, a position he held up until joining the SSO in 2014. DNSO is Denmark's leading (radio) orchestra with weekly live broadcast concerts on national radio, numerous CD and DVD recordings, as well as extensive touring all over the world.

As a chamber musician, Christian is best known in Denmark for his work with saxophonist Jeanette Balland, with whom he formed DuoDenum, an ensemble dedicated to play original (con)temporary music for any sized saxophone and a lot of percussion. In 2004 DuoDenum released a CD, on Danish national label Dacapo Records, of Danish works commissioned by, and written for the duo.

Christian has also performed with Professor Gert Mortensen's PERCURAMA Percussion Group, on CD/DVD as well as concerts in Denmark, Italy and China. From 2002-14 Christian was teaching timpani, percussion and chamber music at the RDAM. Christian’s teachers include Prof. Gert Mortensen and Prof. David Searcy.