Christopher Ku is a 2007 honours graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music from the studio of Dr John Tuttle. A native of Scarborough, Christopher began his organ studies in 1996 at St Michael’s Cathedral Choir School with renowned choral conductor Dr Jerzy Cicocki and continued them with the then cathedral organist, Brian Rae. Over the course of his high school and undergraduate academic careers, he has had the privilege of participating in master-classes with some of the most acclaimed organists of the world, including Ulrich Böhme (Thomaskirche, Leipzig), Jean-Pierre Leguay (Notre Dame de Paris), Ludger Lohmann (Hochschule für Musik, Stuttgart), and Dame Gillian Weir.
At twenty-two years of age in 2006, Christopher was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, becoming the youngest organist ever to hold the college’s highest distinction in organ performance and church musicianship. In recognition of his fine work in this exam, he was awarded the Willan, Porter, and Spry Scholarships for highest marks. Christopher also holds Associateship Diplomas in both organ and piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music and wo first prize for organ performance at the national level of the Canadian Music Competitions in 2002. At the University of Toronto, he was a recipient of the Arthur Edward Redsell Memorial Scholarship and the Peter Screaton Skinner Prize in Organ Playing.
As the Principal Organist of Toronto’s St Michael’s Cathedral, the Organ Scholar of Trinity College Chapel, and a Music History Teaching Assistant at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, Christopher maintains a busy musical schedule as teacher, performer, accompanist, and conductor. He recently completed a new edition of the Plainsong Psalter and it is currently in publication by the Anglican Book Centre.
Christopher is currently pursuing graduate studies as a Master of the Arts candidate in Musicology and Theory.