With his exceptional musicality, boundless technical ability and pioneering spirit, organist and composer Cameron Carpenter is already leaving his mark on music history. Since the completion of his own digital instrument, the International Touring Organ, in 2014, he has taken it on tour to Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He was the first organist ever to receive a Grammy nomination, for his album Revolutionary in 2008.
Born in 1981 in Pennsylvania, Cameron Carpenter performed Bach’s Wohltemperiertes Klavier for the first time when he was 11. He studied composition and organ with John E. Mitchener at the North Carolina School of Arts and during that time transcribed more than 100 works for organ. He composed his first works during his studies at the Juilliard School in New York from 2000 to 2006 and also had piano lessons with Miles Fusco. In 2011 his concerto for organ and orchestra, The Scandal, had its premiere by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at the Philharmonie in Cologne. In 2012 he received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
Cameron Carpenter’s performances in Europe during the 2016/17 season include concerts in Lucerne, Barcelona, Berlin, Baden-Baden, Cologne, Paris, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Vienna. A tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields will follow in May 2017.