Christopher Wrench is a distinguished graduate of the Queensland and Vienna Conservatoria, and the Vienna University of Music. International acclaim followed prizewinning performances at international competitions in Melbourne (1st Prize, 1995), Odense, Denmark (1st Prize, 1992), St Albans, England (Audience Prize, 1989) and Dublin.
Wrench returned to Australia in 1991 where he is in high demand as a soloist, accompanist, ensemble musician and pedagogue. He is Music Director at Christ Church St Lucia (Brisbane), sessional Lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and principal organist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has made numerous broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and MBS networks. Australian appearances include the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord, the Sydney Festival, the Brisbane Festival, the New England Bach Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields and the Barraba Festival; as well as concerto engagements with the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata of St John’s the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Youth Symphony.
Eighteen international tours have taken him to Austria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England (incl. Bournemouth International Festival, King’s College, Cambridge & Westminster Abbey), Germany, Hong Kong, Italy & Sweden. Wrench’s SACD of Bach’s Six Organ Sonatas (Melba Recordings 2009) received rave reviews from around the globe.
A recent recital at the University of Hobart was described in Organ Australia (Dec 2012) as ‘spirited, articulate, exuberant … wonderfully expressive … masterly … effortless’.