Guest organist David Baskeyfield will perform at Hope College on Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Montreal’s La Presse has said Baskeyfield has a “fully developed technique, virtuosity in the most difficult passages, perfect coordination between hands and feet, musicality, richness of ideas in the registration scheme. In brief, absolute professionalism… concluded masterfully.”
Baskeyfield, a British organist currently living in Rochester, New York, won the Canadian International Organ Competition in 2014, among three other prizes including the audience prize.
Baskeyfield was an organ scholar at St John’s College, Oxford, where he read law and studied organ with John Wellingham and David Sanger. When he began graduate work at Eastman School of Music, where he recently completed his doctorate, he studied under David Higgs and William Porter. Between Oxford and Eastman, Baskeyfield spent a year as organ scholar of Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, accompanying or directing the choirs of professional mixed voices, and men and boys respectively. He is currently director of music at Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford, New York.
Some recent and upcoming recital engagements include Washington National Cathedral; King’s College, Cambridge; St. Albans Cathedral; St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh; Birmingham Town Hall; St. Bavo, Haarlem; St. Peter im Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg; Chartres Cathedral, and St. Sulpice. Festivals, as performer and teacher, include the Baylor Midwinter Organ Conference, the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival and the Calgary Organ Festival.
Aside from solo performance he enjoys work as a collaborative pianist, continuo player and occasional cocktail pianist. He has occasionally given theatre organ recitals, and has also been broadcast multiple times on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.