Kristian is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Music and Sound for Media and an Advanced Music Studies Certificate in Audio Recording and Production.
During his time at Carnegie Mellon, Kristian composed and sound designed for theatre, student video games, projects at the Entertainment Technology Center, and film. In 2013, he was the head sound designer for the School of Drama’s production of play Brother’s Size and composed and sound designed multiple video games for CMU’s Game Creation Society. From August to December 2015, Kristian was the only undergraduate student in the graduate course Building Virtual Words at the Entertainment Technology Center, in which he composed for 5 student designed games.
For film, Kristian assisted sound designer and artist Jesse Stiles in sound design for Chums From Across the Void, directed by Jim Finn and premiered at the New York Film Festival, as well as the documentary Nuts!, directed by Penny Lane, premiered in Rotterdam January 2016 with an additional showing at Sundance Film Festival.
In 2018, Kristian was the mixer and sound and system designer for the world premiere of Douglas Cuomo's opera, Ashes and Snow. Classical Voice North America noted that he "...smoothly [integrated] the amplified sonorities of the tenor and instrumentalists..." during each performance.
Kristian is also an active recording engineer. He currently serves as a recording engineer for WQED FM, Resonance Works Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh. Other recording and mixing engagements include Chatham Baroque, Chamber Music Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Opera, Renaissance City Winds, Chamber Music Pittsburgh, Billy Price Band, Living Room Chamber Music Project, Ping Voices, C-Street Brass, Pittsburgh Concert Society, among many others.
Kristian is originally from San Diego, CA, where he grew up professionally studying both piano and violin, discovering his love for recording both classical and modern music, and enjoying authentic fish tacos.