Pyrotechnics at the King of Instruments

A Rising Star and a Masterpiece.

Thomas Gaynor has only recently finished his studies at the Eastman School of Music but he is has already in high demand nationally and internationally as a concert organist. On Friday February 10th at 8pm he will perform one of the great works of the organ repertoire, J. S. Bach’s encyclopedic Clavierübung Part III, on the Baroque organ in Anabel Taylor Chapel – a recital that marks the 500th anniversary, this year, of the Reformation (1517-2017).

Winner of the Third International Bach-Liszt Organ Competition in Erfurt/Weimar, Germany, the Sydney International Organ Competition and the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing competition, as well as being a prizewinner in the St Albans International Organ Competition and second prize winner in the Miami International Organ Competition, Thomas Gaynor is rapidly making his mark on the organ scene in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. A student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Thomas recently graduated with the prestigious Artist’s Certificate.

Born in New Zealand, Thomas was Richard Prothero Organ Scholar at Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul for a number of years before being granted the title of Honorary Sub-Organist. He has studied in masterclasses and workshops with many of this generation’s most influential organists, including Edoardo Bellotti, Michel Bouvard, Cameron Carpenter, James David Christie, Ken Cowan, Olivier Latry, Nathan Laube, Jean-Baptiste Robin, Jaques Van Oortmerssen, Stephen Tharp, Thomas Trotter and Harald Vogel.

Upcoming projects include a complete performance of Bach’s Clavierübung III, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder and Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical songs with Baritone, Jarrett Logan Porter, and concert featuring Liszt’s ‘Ad Nos’ paired with a transcription of the first act of Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète, complete with soloists and chorus.

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