Sunday 13 November 2016, 2:00pm
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
FREE concert: no booking or tickets are required
- Kevin Bowyer
- International Concert Organist
- For programme details see, Works Performed
Kevin Bowyer was born in Southend-on-Sea, UK, in January 1961 and studied with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, David Sanger, Virginia Black and Paul Steinitz.
In his early career he won first prizes in five international organ competitions and his 1987 world première of Kaikhosru Sorabji’s two hour solo Symphony for Organ, considered “impossible” ever since its publication in 1925, helped to cement his reputation as a player of contemporary music and music of extreme technical complexity. In June 2010 he performed the première of Sorabji’s Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32) in Glasgow and Amsterdam – at nearly 8 hours duration, the longest notated organ work of all.
Tours abroad have taken him throughout Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. He has released a great number of solo CDs, many of which have won awards. These include many landmark recordings of contemporary music as well as the complete organ music of J S Bach (on 29 CDs) and music by Alkan, Brahms, Schumann, Reubke, Hindemith, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Alain and many others.
Jonathan Wearn, writing in MusicWeb International, described him as “one of the world’s hardiest and most formidable virtuosos…” .
“…amazing intensity of interpretative vision and wonderful use of organ colour…”
Admission to this concert is free of charge
There will be an opportunity to make a donation at the conclusion of the concert.
Full programme notes will be on sale on the day for $2
The concert will begin at 2.00 pm