Christian Eggen began his conducting career in 1981 as leader of the Ny Musikk Ensemble, having already established a highly successful career as a pianist in Norway and abroad. In 1984 he represented Norway at the Biennale for Nordic Soloists, and his recording of Carl Nielsen’s piano works was received to critical acclaim. Eggen then made his international breakthrough as a conductor during the World Music Days in 1990 and he rapidly became one of the Nordic countries most prominent conductors, especially favoured for his performances of contemporary music. In 1993 he became artistic director of the Oslo Sinfonietta, and since 1988 he has been conductor of the Cikada ensemble.
Christian Eggen was the focus of international attention in 1999 following his performance of Kurtágs Steele with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and he collaborated with leading contemporary music ensembles as well as leading symphony orchestras. In 2008 he made his debut with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala at the Teatro alla Scala, with his long list of recordings including such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic in London. Christian Eggen has been awarded the Norwegian Music Critics Prize, the Spellemann prize, the Lindeman prize and the Oslo Bys Kunstnerpris in recognition of his contribution to music in the city of Oslo. In 2005 he and the Cikada group received the Nordic Council Music Prize, and in 2007 His Majesty King Harald 5 appointed him Commander of The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.