Grammy-Nominated Organist Cameron Carpenter in Fullerton
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The last date listed for Organist Cameron Carpenter was Sunday April 19, 2009 / 2:30pm.
Cameron Carpenter was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for his CD, ‘Revolutionary.’ The title of his CD is based on his transcription of Chopin’s “Revolutionary Etude” but also describes his approach to playing music on the organ. Cameron Carpenter is in the vanguard of the classical music uprising. “The 27-year-old is in the midst of a worldwide tour destined to take the oft-conservative organ community on a wild ride”, says Jason Victor Serinus in his cover article in MUSO magazine’s December/January 2009 issue. His performance at Fullerton is one of many stops on his world-wide tour. His desire is to re-introduce people to the pipe organ. He has set out to change the tired stuck-in-time-image of the pipe organ as loud and plodding. He puts his entire body into the music. At times he has to hold tightly on to the organ bench to give his feet free musical range. While he dresses in a flamboyant and unconventional way, Carpenter says his artistry is about control and gentle refinement.
Born in 1981, Carpenter began his life with perfect pitch and a photographic memory. He played the piano at 4 years, toured with the American Boychoir at 11, and at 13 performed for an audience of 3,000 at the Cathedral in Riga, Latvia. He was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania and his family home-schooled him until the age of 11. He then attended the top-rated American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. At age 13 he began performing organ recitals in Europe and America. A year later, he resumed home schooling so that he could focus on the organ. He finished high school at the North Carolina School for the Arts in Winston-Salem.
Carpenter journeyed to New York in the autumn of 2000 to study at Juilliard. Throughout his time at Juilliard, Carpenter continued to perform. In 2002, for example, he gave 60 concerts, mainly in churches. These days, he performs in concert halls, clubs, theatres and colleges. Cameron graduated from Juilliard with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music. One of his teachers, Paul Jacobs, was only four years his senior. In 2007 Cameron performed for the American Theatre Organ Society convention in New York City’s Trinity Church.
If the world is ready for a free-thinking organ populist in white calfskin shoes, Cameron Carpenter is destined for musical superstardom.