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The Jury for the 29th International Organ Competitions has been announced:

Competition Jury 2017 - Page 4


David Titterington is Artistic Director of St Albans International Organ Festival and Head of the Organ Department at the Royal Academy of Music.

He was an Organ Scholar at Oxford University before continuing his organ studies in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain and Susan Landale at the Conservatoire de Reuil-Malmaison where he won a Premier Prix a l’unanimité avec les félicitations du Jury.  For over twenty years, he worked very closely with Petr Eben, giving many first performances, in particular of his organ cycle Job, which is dedicated to him.

Titterington appears in recitals and concertos at major festivals throughout the world, including the Bi-centennial Festival of Sydney, and the International Festivals of Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand, Adelaide, Tokyo, Schleswig Holstein, City of London, Brighton, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Belfast, Guelph. In the BBC Proms 2000, he played in the UK premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s 9th Symphony with the BBC Symphony Orchestra whilst in 2004 performed in the 50th anniversary recital series at the Royal Festival Hall which included the premiere of Stephen Montague’s Toccare Incandescent commissioned by the South Bank Centre. In the BBC Proms 2009, he gave his second solo recital of works by Elgar and Peter Dickinson.

Throughout his career, David Titterington has worked closely with many composers across a wide range of styles including commissioned works, first performances and in recital with works by Mauricio Kagel, Diana Burrell, Lyell Cresswell, Peter Dickinson, Jonathan Dove, Paul Patterson, Giles Swayne, Per Nørgård. In 1998, he gave the New Zealand premiere of Olivier Messiaen’s Livre du Saint Sacrement – “a performance of spellbinding authority...Titterington giving us a performance of staggering intensity and brilliance” (The Dominion)

In performance, he has worked with many distinguished soloists, orchestras and including Hakan Hardenberger, Christian Lindberg, John Wallace, Thomas Sanderling, Ingo Metzmacher, City of London Sinfonia, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, La Camerata of Athens, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

As an organ consultant he has commissioned new instruments for Pembroke College, Oxford, the Chapel Royal at HM Tower of London, and advised on the restoration of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He is currently organ consultant to both Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Canterbury Cathedral.

In 1999 he was awarded a Fellowship (honoris causa) by the Royal College of Organists, and a Doctorate (honoris causa) and Honorary Professorship by the Liszt Ferenc State University of Budapest. The University of Huddersfield conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate (HonDUniv) in 2010. David Titterington is also an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, that institution’s highest honour.

Highlights this season include recitals at Royal Festival Hall featuring the world premiere of a commissioned work by Sally Beamish, San Francisco’s Symphony Hall and performances in Hungary, Bratislava, Germany, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

David Titterington - UK


Thomas Trotter - UK

Thomas Trotter is one of Britain’s most widely admired musicians. He has had a special relationship with the City of Birmingham in England since he was appointed City Organist in 1983 after Sir George Thalben-Ball based at the city’s renovated historic Town Hall where he is also Resident Organist of the magnificent Klais organ in Symphony Hall. He is also Organist at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, in London and Visiting Fellow in Organ Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Earlier in his career he was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and he later continued his studies with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris where he took the Prix de Virtuosité in her class.

Thomas Trotter has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Instrumentalist Award in recognition of his particular achievements as “one of the foremost exponents of the organist’s art”, International Performer of the Year Award for 2012 by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and, in 2016, the Royal College of Organists Medal. The excellence of his musicianship has also long been recognised internationally in his musical partnerships. He has performed as soloist with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Sir Charles Mackerras and, amongst many others, succeeding generation’s Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sakari Oramo, Edward Gardner, Francois-Xavier Roth, Petri Sakari, Andris Nelsons and Thomas Sondergaard. He performs recitals in Berlin’s “Philharmonie” and “Konzerthaus”, the “Gewandhaus” in Leipzig, both the “Musikverein” and the “Konzerthaus” in Vienna alongside London’s Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall, at the major new venues of Moscow’s “International Performing Arts Centre” and Budapest’s “Palace of Arts”. He was consultant for the Marcussen organ in Manchester’s newly-built Bridgewater Hall as well as for the new Klais organ in Birmingham at Symphony Hall and he has given the opening recital on new or restored organs in places such as Cleveland’s “Severance Hall” (Ohio), Princeton University Chapel (New Jersey), the “Concertgebouw” in Amsterdam, London’s Royal Festival Hall and at St David’s Hall in Cardiff alongside being regularly asked to perform on major historic instruments such as those at St. Ouen in Rouen, St. Bavo’s in Haarlem (Netherlands), Weingarten Abbey in Germany and Woolsey Hall at Yale University. He appears at the festivals of Salzburg, Berlin, Vienna, Edinburgh and London’s BBC Proms. He performs with leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Alongside his regular recitals in Birmingham, Thomas Trotter performs throughout the USA and Europe. Other engagements include Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden in London, the UK premiere of Paul Ruders’ Organ Concerto, Christus Kirche Dresden, St Olav Festival in Norway, Lapua Organ Festival and Turku in Finland, St Petersburg and Mannheim, the Västerås Organ Festival in Sweden, for the American Guild of Organists in Nashville and at the UK’s Three Choirs Festival.

Thomas Trotter made his first US appearance when he debuted with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1987. Amongst many other highlights since then have been many recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival and as soloist at an opening concert there in Janacek’s “Glagolitic Mass” conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, performing at the 50th Anniversary Concert of the Organ at the Royal Festival Hall, the re-inauguration of the Organ at the Royal Albert Hall, the re-inauguration of the Royal Festival Hall’s organ in 2014, playing the solo organ part of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto for the Royal Ballet in “Voluntaries” at Covent Garden and in recital for the South Bank Centre's Messiaen Festival playing From the Canyons to the Stars at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. He became an extensive recording artist for Decca in 1989. His seven most recent recordings - Elgar at Salisbury Cathedral, organ transcriptions from the newly restored Birmingham Town Hall, a collection ranging from Handel through to Litaize on the new Mander organ at St Giles Cripplegate (Critic's Choice in Gramophone magazine Dec 2009), the organ works of CPE Bach from Eton College, Robert Schumann from the organ of Merseburg Cathedral Germany (Editor's Choice in Gramophone, Jan 2011), Grand Organ Prom on the renovated organ at the Royal Albert Hall and The Town Hall Tradition from Birmingham Town Hall all appear on the Regent label. Of his many other CDs he received a Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of music by Liszt.

Competition Jury 2017 - Page 4

Competition Jury 2017 - Page 4