Christian Holmqvist was born in Helsinki in 1974. He has studied composition privately under the guidance of Lars Karlsson. 1993-2002 he studied musicology, literature and philosophy at the University of Helsinki. He won two first prizes in the Kuopio composition contest in the year 2003. The awarded works were Sherlock’s Violin for solo violin and the first string quartet. On commission he has written works for prominent Finnish musicians, such as the saxophonist Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo (Pezzo Concertante for alto saxophone and piano, and the Saxophone Concerto) and the horn player Tero Toivonen (the Concerto for French horn). His music has been performed by, for example, The Mikkeli City Orchestra, the chamber orchestra Avanti!, The Academic Saxophone Quartet and the pianist Risto-Matti Marin. In recent years he has worked in close collaboration with the mezzo soprano Marika Kivinen, who gave the first performances of the song cycles Three Sonnets of Shakespeare and Fyra dikter av Edith Södergran. Holmqvist works as a music writer and translator.