About Scandia Duo

Scandia Duo features the beautiful violin playing of Jodi Hagen and the wonderful organ playing of Heinrich Christensen.

Scandia Duo - Jodi Hagen, violin and Heinrich Christensen, organ

 
Heinrich Christensen, organ
Heinrich Christensen, Organ
A native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen studied at the Royal Conservatory in Arhus and with Oliver Latry in Paris, then went on to work as music director in Malmo, Sweden. He came to the US in 1998 to study with James David Christie at the Boston Conservatory, where he received an Artist Diploma in Organ Performance in 2000. He was the Affiliate Organist of historic King’s Chapel during the last two years of Dr. Daniel Pinkham’s 42 year tenure, and, after a national search, was appointed Music Director at Dr. Pinkham’s retirement. At King’s Chapel, he manages the Tuesday Noon Hour Recitals as well as the King’s Chapel Concert Series, and directs the fully professional choir. Heinrich was a prizewinner at the international organ competitions of Odense and Erfurt and has given recitals in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France, Ireland, South Africa, Japan, Canada, and the US. An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Daniel Pinkham, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman, Thomas Oboe Lee, Bruce Saylor, Thomas Allen Levines, Arlene Zallman, Clifford Bevan and Elliot Gyger. He has worked extensively as an accompanist for many choral groups in the Boston area, and has recorded with Philovox and Seraphim Singers for Arsis/E.C. Schirmer. The solo CD “Heinrich Christensen plays the C.B. Fisk Organ at King’s Chapel” (available at www.arsisaudio.com) was released in the fall of 2004. Gramophone Magazine called it a “smorgasbord” and praised it for “enormous stylistic flexibility”. He has been heard in numerous radio broadcasts on WCRB, and recorded Graham Gordon Ramsey’s “The Nightingale,” commissioned and premiered by the King’s Chapel Concert Series. The work was broadcast on WGBH. In 2008, he released a CD of Songs by Daniel Pinkham in collaboration with the Florestan Recital Project, and in 2011 his recording of Bach's Clalvierübung III was released. Mr. Christensen is a past dean of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Jodi Hagen
Jodi Hagen, Violin

Jodi Hagen received an Artist Diploma, Masters Degree, and Bachelor Degree in violin performance at Boston University, where she was a student of Roman Totenberg. She has earned numerous honors for her solo and chamber music performances from such notable institutions as Boston University, the Carmel International Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Ms. Hagen enjoys playing solo violin for the PBS television series American Experience. She has appeared in recitals at King's Chapel, MIT, The Nahant Historical Society, Swampscott Unitarian Universalist Church, and Boston University, among others. She is a member of Scandia Duo, along with King's Chapel organist Heinrich Christensen. She is also a member of Trio Nordica with her sister, Susan Hagen (Double Bass) and Steve Laven (Cello). Recent chamber music performances include Emmanuel Music's Showcase Series with Winsor Music, guest artist on Wellesley College faculty recital, at the St. Botolph Club, and with the Boston Octet. Ms. Hagen has appeared as soloist at Boston University, and with the Harvard Summer School Orchestra, the MIT Summer Philharmonic, and the Salem Philharmonic Orchestras.

As a freelance violinist in Boston, Ms. Hagen is a member of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Boston. As a member of Emmanuel Music, she has performed at Lincoln Center and throughout Europe. She has recorded for Koch International and Nonesuch. Ms. Hagen also performs with the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Opera Boston, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra.

This season's recitals include Trinity Church in Haverhill, Tufts University, Jean Wilson Music Series in Newburyport, West Roxbury's Holy Name Series, and Trinity College Summer Music Series in Hartford, Connecticut. Jodi is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory's Preparatory School.