©2019 by Christian Renz Paulsen / Komponist, Pianist und Klavierlehrer in Hamburg  / Photos by Daniela Murillo (Barranquilla 2017)

Born on July 7, 1982 in Barranquilla (Colombia), he began learning classical piano at the age of 5 under the tutelage of the Colombian pianist Rosalba Reina de Villalón and harmony and composition with his father Gunter Renz. By the time he was 13, he was already intensively occupying himself with Latin American and Caribbean music. A few years later, he won his first prize at 2000 Caribbean Classical Music Composition Competition with his work "Fantasía Sobre El Río Sinú".

Since 2001, Christian Renz lives in Hamburg, Germany where he studied and graduated with honours in Piano Jazz (Dipl.-Musikl.) and Composition (M.Mus.) under the guidance of renowned composer and arranger Wolf Kerschek at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) Hamburg. During his studies, he was awarded, among others, the “Germany Scholarship” (Deutschlandstipendium) and the “Oscar and Vera Ritter Stiftung Scholarship”.

Ever since, he has been working successfully as a pianist, composer, arranger and music teacher. Starting 2014 he has also been guest lecturer of Jazz Theory and Composition at the HfMT Hamburg, the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad del Atlántico and the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia.

More recently, he received the Contemporary Composition Prize from the City of Barranquilla for his work "Nocturno a la Bella" for piano and flute.

In his catalog of compositions are included works for piano, solo voice and piano, mixed choir, chamber groups, string orchestra, symphony orchestra, jazz ensembles and salsa combos. His works are influenced by Latin rhythms, the texture and harmony of jazz and classical music.

Some recent professional references:

·  Lecturer, Masterclasses: HfMT in Hamburg, Universidad del Atlántico and Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia.

·  Pianist: United World Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Jan Degenhardt, HfMT Bigband Hamburg, Laeiszhalle, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Joe Gallardo, Renz Ramos, Mete Mono, Maelo Ruiz and in addition to Germany and Colombia, several international concerts in the following countries: Spain, Latvia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Tunisia, Italy.

·  Composer & Arranger: Jugendsinfonieorchester Mannheim, Speyer Kammerorchester, WDR Rundfunkorchester, NDR Bigband, Klazz Brothers, Wolf Kerschek, Kaiser Quartett.