When you mention the “O” word, the same stereotype is formed in nearly everyone’s head, Cameron Carpenter says – no matter where in the world one converses about organs and organists. With extraordinary musicality, immeasurable technical skill, a pioneering spirit (also in planning his digital International Touring Organ) and a sense for dramatic performances, the American has overcome any image problems his instrument may have and now enjoys a worldwide following.
We are delighted to welcome Cameron Carpenter to the Konzerthaus as Artist in Residence for the 2017/18 season. He will headline a total of ten concerts, including a programme for families with children aged 6 and older, a Christmas concert and an evening in which he will be joined by his friends, the pianists Lucas & Arthur Jussen and singer Olivia Trummer.
Cameron Carpenter was born in 1981 in the American state of Pennsylvania. At the tender age of 11, he performed Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” for the first time and enrolled in the American Boychoir School. Cameron studied composition and organ at the North Carolina School of the Arts and transcribed over 100 works for his instrument, including Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. His first own compositions were created during the six years he spent at New York’s Juilliard School. In 2012, he received the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award, and three years later, the ECHO Klassik as Instrumentalist of the Year. In 2014, the International Touring Organ was constructed according to his own designs. With the digital organ, on which he has been playing almost exclusively since then, he enjoys tremendous independence – both in terms of logistics and music. On international tours, Cameron Carpenter has dispelled any initial skepticism regarding the instrument, and has already performed in many important concert halls.
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